The Yawata mission was over and had been judged a success, not a
single airplane being lost from the 40th Bombardment Group.
Yet the 45th Bombardment Squadron felt a particular loss, which was
indirectly a loss due to the mission.
On the morning of 15 June, Capt. Marvin Stockett and crew
departed from Chakulia to proceed to the forward area in airplane 42-6261. The
plane was assigned to the unit and was loaded to participate in the mission.
However, it never reached the forward area. It was last heard from at 0240 Z on
15 June. Several days passed and a check was made to be sure the plane had not
made an emergency landing at some field enroute. Reluctantly, it had to be
concluded that the plane and crew had gone down. Notification of their loss was
made. Everyone in the organization will miss the men in that crew. Hope is
held, though, that they are “walking out”.
On that date the crew were listed as MIA.
Listed below are members of the “Stockett’s Rocket”
CAPT. MARVIN STOCKETT A/C
LT. WILLIAM PRUITT CP
LT. MARTIN FISK N
LT. JOSE MORALES B
LT. MAX KENDZUR F/E
SGT. LEWIS LANDAUER R
SGT. JESSE COTTON CFC
SGT. JOHN MONTERO G
SGT. HARRY CRAWFORD G
SGT. JOHN EUDY G
CPL. RICHARD LECKLITER V