|Pilot 1st Lt. Roger A. Grant, Jr. O-790655 (survived) Buncombe County, NC
Crashed September 21, 1943
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-40N-5-CU Warhawk serial number 42-104984. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 21, 1943 took off from Tsili-Tsili Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Roger A. Grant, Jr. on a patrol and interception mission to Hopoi then return. At 10-12,000' altitude over the Cromwell mountains, the formation intercepted three Japanese bombers, identified as G4M1 Betty bombers but more likely JAAF twin engine bombers. Ki-49 Helen or Ki-21 Sally). At 5:45pm while making their first pass, this P-40 Warhawks was hit by 20mm cannon fire and peeled away to the left in a shallow dive with white smoke trailing and was not seen again, but credited with a victory that mission. In fact, Grant bailed out and landed
in a tree roughly 90' above the ground.
Richard Dunn adds:
"The IGHQ communique says it was an army raid and that two Japanese a/c crashed and two others had failed to return. US claims were for four bombers and several fighters
On September 22, 1943, two 49th Fighter Group P-40s piloted by Howard and Hanson from 9:00am to 10:45am in the Cromwell mountains with nil sighting.
With the help of local villagers, he walked from village to village and was rescued on October 8, 1943 and returned to duty 21 days after bailing out.
Cynthia Grant Martin (daughter)
have just been given his official report with maps, etc., though his
wing man could not see exactly where he went down. The day after
the plane went down, his squadron looked for approx. 1-1/2 hrs. but could
not find any indication of his wreckage. I also have names of villages
he passed through and a letter from a chief dated October 1. There is
an entry and photos in Protect & Avenge, although
some of the information presented there is inaccurate according to Daddy
and the information I received after he died."
World War II Army Enlistment Records - Roger A. Grant, Jr
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-40N-5-CU Warhawk 42-104984
"104984 (8th FS, 49th FG) MIA Sept 21, 1943, New Guinea. MACR 736"
Missing Air Crew Report 736 (MACR 736)
USAF Aerial Victory Credits - Roger A Grant 9/21/43
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-40 Kittyhawk 42-104984
Asheville Citizen - Times (Asheville, N.C.) Obituaries for 4-2-05
"April 2, 2005 - Roger Grant Jr. Roger Alpine Grant Jr 86 of Asheville passed away... over the Coral and Solomon Seas north and east of New Guinea in the Pacific Theater He ... Sheep Squadron 8th Squadron 49th Fighter Group Shot down in Japanese occupied terrain... hacked his way through jungle to emerge 24 days later in allied territory..."
FindAGrave - Capt Roger Alpine Grant, Jr (photos)
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Richard Dunn for additional information
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February 12, 2018