PITTARD continued.

Another statement, by Captain Raymond L. Cawood, 0-742283, USAAF, Marana Army Air Field, Marana, Arizona, reads: “I hereby certify that in October, 1943, I was stationed at Pandaveswar, India, in the 9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Group, 10th Air Force. At that time I was acting as co-pilot for 2ndLt William S. McHenry Jr., 0-797159, on a B-24 combat crew. Lieut. McHenry was the pilot. The other members of the crew were:

 

            2ndLt Arthur W. Zipperian, 0-746505, co-pilot (CP)

            2ndLt Irving Raubitschek, 0-798878, navigator

            2ndLt Gerald C. Funk, 0-671415, bombardier

            SSgt John W. Hubbard, 34279839, engineer

            SSgt Charles A. Pittard, 39251123, radio operator

            SSgt John D. Bender, 33276178, asst. engineer

            SSgt James M. McKernan, 32281809, asst. radio

            SSgt Verl E. Coddington, 39832131, armorer-gunner

            SSgt Obra A. Wagoner, 35163717, armorer guner

 

On 18 October 1943 I was detailed temporary duty at  Agra, India. During my absence, 2ndLt Arthur W. Zipperian was appointed as co-pilot to 2ndLt William S. McHenry Jr. On returning to my base on 19 October 1943 I was informed by 2ndLt George Elliott, now deceased, of Lt. McHenry’s failure to return from the mission. Lt. Elliott told me that Lt. McHenry was flying position number three in the first element and that after leaving the target area, they were attacked by fighters. Lt. McHenry’s plane was seen to be on fire and was seen to have begun losing altitude immediately. Two men were seen to leave the airplane by parachute before it disappeared into an overcast. I di not know which two bailed out. The plane was out of control as it disappeared. The position was about forty miles west of Hebo Airdrome in Northern Burma.”