|Pilot Captain Glenn H. Cathcart, Jr., O-423816 (KIA) TX
Crashed January 16, 1944
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 16, 1944 took off from Gusap Airfield and crashed five miles northeast
of Kaigulan near Dumpu. The crash was observed by the Australian Army, 6th Machine Gun Battalion.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, a Piper cub landed nearby to recover the reamins of the pilot. Postwar, his remains were transported to the United States for permenant burial.
Cathcart is buried at Mount Olivert Cemetery in Fort Worth, TX.
389th Bombardment Squadron Form 34 (Weekly Status and Operations Report), January 1944
6 Machine Gun Battalion diary:
report 126. To 7 Division. P-40 No 2105902 (sic) crashed Dumpu 815435. Patrol
located plane 1415 hours. Pilot killed.
All informed. The crash site is roughly one mile SW of Namaput Village in the Ramu Valley. One of
the Lieutenants of the 6MGB remembers the patrol and a USAAF Piper
landing nearby, but getting a flat tyre. They stuffed the tyre
with grass and flew the burnt remains of the pilot away."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-40 Kittyhawk 42-105909
FindAGrave - Capt Glenn H Cathcart, Jr. notes date of death as January 15, 1944
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January 5, 2018