|Pilot 2nd Lt. Roy E. "Tex" Kindred O-697204 (KIA)
Crashed January 3, 1945
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 58th Fighter Group, 311th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engine R-2800-63 serial number 42-126115. Weapon serial numbers HS1085261, HS1083207, HS1083439, HS1083920, HS1103860, GM970810, GM987362, GM987358.
On January 3, 1945 took off from Hill Airfield (Hammer) on Mindoro piloted by Kindred on a fighter sweep over Clark Field, flying as wingman for P-47D 42-25419 piloted Col. Gwen G. Atkinson (C.O. 58th FG). The pair followed Major Edward F. Roddy (HQ Squadron) leading the first flight with 1st Lt. Crystal L. Andress flying as his wingman.
Over the target, both Kindred and Atkinson were hit by anti-aircraft fire while strafing Japanese aircraft at the airfield.
Kindred was last heard over the radio northeast of Clark Field No. 4. No one saw Kindred go down and he was classified as Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, he failed to bail out and died when the aircraft crashed.
Also shot down by anti-aircraft fire was P-47D 42-25419 piloted Col. Gwen G. Atkinson who managed to bailed out at low altitude and survived.
Lt. Jack Shriver recalled:
"'Tex' Kindred and I were great buddies. He was a minister's son but you'd never know it. He was also married, with a child, and loved booze and poker. What more could a man ask? He was shot down by ground fire over Clark on the the first meaty mission we had ever had."
Although the 310th Bomb Wing, Air-Sea Rescue was notified, no search was made of the area due to enemy activity. No information was received from Filipino guerrillas afterwards.
After the US Army liberated Clark Field, his body was discovered in the wreckage of his P-47 by advancing American soldiers.
His remains were recovered and transported to Mindanao where he was buried with full military honors on March 18, 1945.
No Glamour... No Glory! The Story of the 58th Fighter Group of World War II, p 211-214, 304-305
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information
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February 4, 2018