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|Pilot 1st Lt. Burdett C. Goodrich, O-750504 (POW, died in captivity, BR) Lewis County, MT
Crashed June 6, 1944 at 7:57am
Approaching the target, the formation was intercepted from above by Oscars and Zeros [sic]. Without enough fuel to dog fight, the P-38s attempted to shake off the attackers and return to base.
During the dogfight, this P-38 was damaged that required his right engine to be feathered. The left engine was damaged and only producing limited power. Goodrich managed to restart the right engine then over the Irrawaddy River at 8,000' then he suddenly entered a steep dive with 2nd Lt. William G. Baumeister, Jr. following, before leveling off at 3,000' and again feathered the right engine.
Goodrich called over the radio that his left engine was failing and that he would force land. This P-38 successfully force landed with the flaps down at approximately 85mph skidding across a dry riverbed then impacting a row of trees on the west bank, badly damaging the aircraft but the cockpit section remained intact.
Goodrich to force landed at 7:57am roughly one mile due west of Pyinchaung at roughly Lat 94° 35' East, Long 21° 24' North behind enemy lines in Burma. His landing and aircraft were observed by fellow pilots 1st Lt. Henry R. Mahler and 2nd Lt. William G. Baumeister, Jr., who circled the crash site but did not see any sign of the pilot until he was low on fuel then returned to base.
When he failed to return, Goodrich was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was P-38J "Miss V" 42-67626 (MIA).
Fate of the Pilot
Recovery of Remains
After his remains were recovered, Goodrich was buried at Colfax Cemetery in Colfax, WA at block 3, lot 8, SW 1/4, grave 1.
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