|Pilot 2nd Lt. Cyril O. Andrews (survived)
Crashed August 18, 1943
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 342nd Fighter Squadron "Scourgers". No known nose art or nickname.
On August 18, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby piloted by Andrews on an escort mission for C-47s bound for Wau Airfield. This aircraft and P-47D 42-8059 entered a cumulus
clouds over the Owen Stanley mountains and both became lost and the first weather related P-47D Thunderbolt losses
in New Guinea.
Afterwards, Captain Ed Roddy of the 342nd Fighter Squadron searched for these two P-47 unsuccessfully.
Fate of the Pilot
Disoriented, Andrews bailed out at roughly 1,000' and landed near Mount Bachelor. He became stuck in trees and left dangling from above the ground before he was able to cut himself free. Falling to the ground, Andrews fractured his leg but managed to reach a stream. Used parachute to cover himself and ate D-ration. Crawled for three days before found by locals, who splinted his leg and took him to Garaina Airfield where he was flown back to Port Moresby.
This P-47 Crashed roughly 20 miles southwest of Garaina near Mount Blackmar.
Andrews died on July 22, 1960 and is buried at Hope Cemetery in Henrietta, TX.
Andrews was the Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 342nd Fighter Squadron
History of 342nd FS
Kearby's Thunderbolts page 32-33
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47 Thunderbolt 42-844
FindAGrave - Cyril Olan Andrews (grave photo)
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January 5, 2018