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8th Service Group
301st Aerodrome Squadron
Richard Leahy 1986
|Pilot 2nd Lt Allan L. Hermann, 0-2062810 (MIA / KIA) Polk County, IA
Crashed April 30, 1945
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-47D-21-RA Thunderbolt serial number 43-25481. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 8th Service Group (8th SrG), 301st Aerodrome Squadron (301st ADS) part of the Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement and Training Center (FEAF-CRTC). No known nickname or nose art. Tail Number 18. When lost, engine R-2800-63 serial number T-14153. Armed with .50 caliber machine guns makers unknown serial numbers 1002444, 977299, 977104, 977503, 977639, 977584, 98762 and 987055.
On April 30, 1945 at 2:48pm took off from Nadzab Airfield (No. 1) piloted by 2nd Lt Allan L. Hermann on a local training flight to the east. The weather was reported as a high overcast at 10,000' and 3/10 low cloud base at 2,000' and surface winds of 13 mph ENE. There was no contact or sighting of this P-47 after take off. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
In fact, this P-47 crashed five miles north of Tsili-Tsili. On May 8, 1985 visited by Richard Leahy who located the serial number and reported the site to U. S. Army CILHI.
Richard Leahy adds:
"The Engati people took me (with Alan Cameron flying) to the P-47D 43-25481 site on May 8, 1985. Not sure who I supplied the S/N to, it would have been either Bruce Hoy or Bob Piper. I had the site prepared for CILHI and took them in there on June 6, 1986. I pointed out where Hermann should be to them and I was correct. A very quick recovery was made at that time by CILHI."
On June 6, 1986 the crash site was investigated by US Army CILHI as 05CIL84 and remains recovered.
Hermann was officially declared dead on May 1, 1946, He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. After his remains were recovered, a rosette was added next to his name indicating he was accounted for. Hermann also has a memorial marker at Sheldahl Cemetery in Sheldahl, Iowa.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Allan L. Hermann
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-47D-21-RA Thunderbolt 43-25481
Missing Air Crew Report 14324 (MACR 14324) created May 1, 1945
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Allan L. Hermann "remains recovered"
FindAGrave - 2Lt Allan L Hermann (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Allan Leroy Hermann (memorial marker photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47D 43-25481
Thanks to Richard Leahy and Bruce Hoy for additional information
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