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  BT-13B Valiant Serial Number 42-89612 Number 612
USAAF
5th AF
360th Service Group
FEAF CRTC

Pilot  2nd Lt. Wayne C. Wingo O-825356 (MIA / KIA)
Student Pilot 
Captain Stephen C. Horanszki, O-789910 (MIA / KIA)

Crashed  January 14, 1945
MACR  11960

Aircraft History
Built by Vultee. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 360th Service Group part of the Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement & Training Center (FEAF - CRTC) at Nadzab Airfield. No known nickname or nose art. Plane number "612". When lost, engine R-985-AN-1 serial number 41-5905. No weapons were aboard this aircraft.

Mission History
On January 14, 1945 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 4 at 3:03pm on a local instrument training flight. At the time of the take off, weather was broken high clouds with scattered low clouds 3/10 at 3,000' with ceiling unlimited with a 12 mile visibility and winds eastward at 11mph. When this aircraft failed to return at 4:30pm it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
The next day, six BT-13s, two C-45s and four B-25s searched for this plane but failed to observe anything. The search was repeated for next two days without results.

Wreckage
Afterwards, the crash site was located and the remains of both crew were recovered. Postwar, they were both transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Memorials
Both were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Wingo is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, TN in section N. Horanszki is buried at Milton Cemetery-Berryhill in Milton, FL at plot 16.

References
Horanszki is also spelled "Horansky" in some documents
Missing Air Crew Report 11960 (MACR 11960)
FindAGrave - Capt Stephen C Horanszki (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Wayne C. Wingo (grave photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
BT-13

MIA
MIA
2 Missing
Resolved

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