After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. The student instruction flight departed Landhi Field at 1525 hrs to Bhuj, to Dharo-Naro and return to Landhi. He was flying a A-36 and the 3 students flew P-40s. Lt. Foss was flying a P-40N. His wingman was Lt. Shepherd, flying a P-40K-1. Lt. White led the 2nd element in a P-40N and a A-36 was the 4th. After about 40 minutes they countered a line of squalls. They fored up and flew around a squall with light rain. With more squall ahead, it was decided to climb in circles above them and return to Landhi They climbed to about 9,000 feet. The 2nd element did not reappear from clouds. The 1st element circled. The 1st element of 2 descended to about 2,000 feet and were over the Indus River on a 90º course from Landhi Field. The two flew west and found themselves over the Arabian Sea about 5 miles south of Marachi, India. They landed at Landhi at about 1725 hours. At 1600 hrs, Maj. Blankenship directed the flight around bad weather. At 1635 hrs, Lt. Shepherd reported his generator was failing. Due to bad weather they could not climb over, a 180º turn was made. The 2nd element went further into the clouds. That was the last he saw of them at about 1645 hrs. Ten minutes later they did not receive answers to radio calls. His remains were recovered from the American military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 11 January 1919 (Sec. C, Grave 97).

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks