CARTWRIGHT, PERRY B., Staff Sergeant, # 34205256, USAAF


Perry B. Cartwright was born 1918 to Fred Dustman Cartwright (1887-1966) (WVA) and Miriam Enestine (Bovey) Cartwright (1895-    ) (PA). Siblings included Paul Turner Cartwright (1920-1989), Mary Ann (Cartwright) Stine (1926-1998). He married Betty Graham Wilson on 4 May 1939 in Delaware, Ohio


He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Blanding, Florida, on 16 May 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 June 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3961, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 82nd Bomb Squadron, Pandaveswar, India, departed its airfield to Palel, India. Inclimate weather was encountered. The formation parted to fly IFR. The B-25 crashed 50 miles Southwest of Silchan, India. The last to see the B-25 were 2ndLt Duane L. Crosby, # 0-889119, 2ndLt Leonard G. Mood, # 0-806193, and 1stLt Richard J. Motherwell, # 0-741675. A dental chart for SSgt. Cartwright was included, stating he was 26 years old. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.


His father, Fred D. Cartwright, born 12 October 1897, was inducted into the U.S. Army on 16 October 1918 and assigned to Camp Taylor, Kentucky, Private, # 4743874, until his honorable discharge on 9 December 1918. He died 28 February 1966 and is buried in the Mound Cemetery, Loyalsock Township, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania (Sec. PL 3, Lot 830, Grave 86).


His brother, Paul T. Cartwright, born 16 December 1920, served in the USAAF from 9 June 1942 to 25 October 1945 and in the USAF from 14 August 1951 to 31 March 1968, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He died 24 July 1989 and is buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas (Sec. 16, Grave 33).