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  P-47D-21-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 43-25490  
USAAF
5th AF
58th FG
311th FS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Roy E. "Tex" Kindred O-697204 (KIA, BR) San Angelo, TX
Crashed  January 3, 1945
MACR  13293

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-47D-21-RA Thunderbolt serial number 43-25490. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.

Wartime History
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. Armed with eight .50 caliber machine guns serial numbers HS1085261, HS1083207, HS1083439, HS1083920, HS1103860, GM970810, GM987362, GM987358.

Mission History
On January 3, 1945 took off from Hill Airfield (Hammer) on Mindoro piloted by Kindred on a fighter sweep over Clark Field as wingman for P-47D 42-25419 piloted Col. Gwen G. Atkinson (C.O. 58th FG) leading the first flight. 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 lost due to anti-aircraft fire was P-47D 42-25419 piloted Col. Gwen G. Atkinson who managed to bailed out at low altitude, survived and was later rescued.

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."

Search
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.

Wreckage
After the U. S. Army liberated Clark Field, his body was discovered in the wreckage of his P-47 by advancing American troops.

Recovery of Remains
His remains were recovered and transported to Mindanao where he was buried with full military honors on March 18, 1945. Postwar, he is remains were transported to the United States for permenant burial.

Memorials
Kindred was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He was buried at Buried at Belvedere Memorial Park, San Angelo, Texas in Section 1 (Garden of Good Shepherd), Lot 38, Space 6. On Feb 3, 1961 he was reinterned at Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, TX at Block 84, Lot 13, Row 1, Plot D.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-47D-21-RA Thunderbolt 43-25490
"25490 (311th FS, 58th FG, 5th AF) shot down by AAA over Clark Field, Philippines Jan 3, 1945. Pilot KIA. MACR 13293"
Missing Air Crew Report 13293 (MACR 13293) created January 31, 1945
No Glamour... No Glory! The Story of the 58th Fighter Group of World War II, p 211-214, 304-305
FindAGrave - 2LT Roy E Kindred (photo, grave photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
December 31, 2019

 

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