42-28028         P47

 

On 26 February 1945, a P-47D-23, # 42-28028, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 5th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield on a ground support mission to Mahlaing, Burma, near WeHu. Visibility was limited with turbulence. The last known whereabouts of the fighter were coordinates 21º 40’ North & 95º 35’ East. The pilot was 2ndLt William E. Davison, # 0-714893. He was last seen by 1stLt William F. Reynolds, 0-803454.

 

1stLt Reynolds led the flight of four. They dive bombed the target and he saw Davison in normal flight. Afterwards, his and the other two joined formation but did not see Davison again.

 

Major Daniel A. Einskie, 0-436062, was in charge of the search. Two B-25s and four P-47s covered an area with a box search. A light plane (L-5 Sentinel) squadron also searched for him. The 221st & 224th Groups, 4th Corps, were both notified of loss.

 

DAVISON, WILLIAM EDWARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-714893, USAAF

 

William E. Davison was born on 27 October 1922 in Kittanning, Armstrong Co., Pennsylvania, to Walter M. Davison and Martha Ann Davison. In 1950 his parents resided at 710 Franklin Ave., Erie, Pennsylvania.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 2020B East 10th St., Erie, Erie Co., Pennsylvania, employed by the General Electric Co., and described himself as 5’9”, 140 lbs, with dark brown hair and gray eyes. He had a scar on his left index finger. He enlisted in the USAAF in Erie, Erie Co., Pennsylvania, on 27 October 1942, while he resided at 2020B, Apt. # 6, E. 10th St., Erie, Pennsylvania. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the P-47 Thunderbolt. He was sent overseas to India in July 1944. On 26 February 1945, a P-47D-23, # 42-28028, assigned to 1st Air Commando Group, 5th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield on a ground support mission to Mahlaing, Burma, near WeHu. Visibility was limited with turbulence. The last known whereabouts of the fighter were coordinates 21º 40’ North & 95º 35’ East. He was last seen by 1stLt William F. Reynolds, # 0-803454. 1stLt Reynolds led the flight of four. They dive bombed the target and he saw Lt. Davison in normal flight. Afterwards, his and the other two joined formation but did not see Lt. Davison again. Major Daniel A. Einskie, 0-436062, was in charge of the search. Two B-25s and four P-47s covered an area with a box search. A light plane (L-5 Sentinel) squadron also searched for him. The 221st & 224th Groups, 4th Corps, were both notified of loss. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

1st Air Commando P-47s