|Pilot Henry L. Condon (MIA / KIA) Opelika, AL
Crashed January 2, 1945
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. Tail Number 100. Nicknamed "Putt Put Maru III".
On January 2, 1945 took off on a mission over central Luzon. While strafing a train north of Manila, this aircraft's engine exploded and Condon was too low to bail and crashed near a road.
Recovery of Remains
During 1949, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) located the crash site and recovered Condon's remains.
Condon was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Although his was listed as Missing In Action (MIA), he was never memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
After the recovery of Condon's remains in 1949, he was temporarily buried at Manila American Cemetery before being transported back to the United States for permanent burial. Condon is buried at Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika, Alabama.
Missing Air Crew Report 11768 (MACR 11768)
Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) Henry L. Condon
Henry L. Condon, III (grave photo)
Thanks to Kenneth Tilley for information on Condon's status
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September 25, 2018