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  BT-13B Valiant Serial Number 42-89612 Number 612
USAAF
5th AF
360th SrG
360th Service Group
FEAF CRTC


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USAAF c1945
Pilot  2nd Lt. Wayne C. Wingo, O-825356 (MIA / KIA, BR) Shelby County, TN
Student Pilot
  Captain Stephen C. Horanszki, O-789910 (MIA / KIA, BR) Cuyahoga County, OH
Crashed  January 14, 1945
MACR  11960

Aircraft History
Built by Vultee Aircraft Corporation as model 54. Constructors Number 79-331. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as BT-13B Valiant serial number 42-89612. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 360th Service Group (360th SrG) of the Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement & Training Center (FEAF - CRTC) at Nadzab Airfield. No known nickname or nose art. Plane number "612". When lost, engine R-985-AN-1 serial number 41-5905. No armament was aboard this aircraft.

Mission History
On January 14, 1945 at 3:03pm took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 4 piloted by 2nd Lt. Wayne C. Wingo with student pilot Captain Stephen C. Horanszki on a local instrument training flight. The weather was broken high clouds with scattered low clouds 3/10 at 3,000' with ceiling unlimited with a 12 mile visibility and winds eastward at 11 mph. When this aircraft failed to return at 4:30pm it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
The next day, six BT-13s, two C-45s and four B-25s searched for this plane but failed to observe anything. The search was repeated for next two days without results.

Wreckage
Afterwards, the crash site was found with the remains of both crew inside. During the 1980s, a team from U. S. Army CILHI visited the crash site.

Recovery of Remains
The remains of both crew were recovered. Postwar, they were both transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Memorials
Both were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Wingo is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, TN in section N. Horanszki is buried at Milton Cemetery-Berryhill in Milton, FL at plot 16.

References
Horanszki is also spelled "Horansky" [sic] in some wartime documents
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Wayne C. Wingo
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Stephen C. Horanszki
USAF Serial Number Search Results - BT-13B Valiant 42-89612
Missing Air Crew Report 11960 (MACR 11960) created February 6, 1945
FindAGrave - Capt Stephen C Horanszki (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Wayne C. Wingo (grave photo)

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Last Updated
April 21, 2020

 

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