2Lt. Hubert R. "Ross" Garrett, ASN O-726149

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron

Bombardier - Kavanagh Crew

American Defense Service Medal   Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal

Purple Heart

17 Combat Missions

Prisoner of War - May 1, 1943 to August 1945




Kavanagh Crew

Back, L-R: MSgt. Edward R. Bodell (E), SSgt. John E. Lavery (G), MSgt. Jack K. Redmon (RO)
TSgt. Joseph C. Kellner, Jr. (A-G), TSgt. Norman P. Dohn (WG)

Front, L-R: 2Lt. Kenneth P. Moxley (N), 1Lt. Robert L. Kavanagh (P)
2Lt. Walter E. Cotten (CP), 2Lt. Hubert R. Garrett (B)

Crew was shot down over Rangoon on 1 May 43. Kellner and Dohn were killed in action. Kavanagh, Bodell, Lavery, and Redmon died in POW camp.



On May 1, 1943 while flying his 17th mission aboard B-24D #41-42513 - "7-11", Ross's airplane was shot down in the China-Burma-India Theater. He was captured and was a prisoner of war from 1943 to 1945.

Missing Air Crew Report #15307

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Letter to Garrett's wife, Thelma

      

A legible reproduction of the letter

Dear Thelma,
   By now I presume that the War Department has informed you that Butch has been missing since May 1st. I will not attempt to console you, but only tell you what we believe here, because I fully appreciate how empty anything I can say would be. If the censor ever gets this letter in his hands he will probably raise Kain (sic), but Iíll take that chance
   I was in the ship leading the squadron and Butch was in the lead of the third element, so I was unable to see all that took place. It seems to be the general consensus of opinion that the A-A hit their no. 3 engine over the target, setting it on fire. They immediately turned on the fire extinguisher and were able to save the engine, but they fell quite a ways behind the formation. Just as we left the target we were hit by pursuit, and as their plane was straggling and obviously in trouble, the pursuit concentrated on them, hitting no. 4 engine. they went into a dive and pulled up under us to gain more protection. We started a 3000 ft. a minute let-down, but they dropped much faster.
   They got all four engines running again about the time they got to the clouds at 5000 ft. The pursuit were attacking their tail heavily all this time, but there were no passes made at the nose, which leads me to believe that all the nose guns were firing, and all were very much alive.
   The last we saw of them they went into a huge cloud, and we didn't see them come out. They evidently turned in the cloud because the pursuit went home right after that. A member of another squadron heard someone say over the command radio, "Lie down - you're hurt badly enough now." This was nearly 10 minute after they disappeared. We all think that they made a crash landing somewhere in southwest Burma. The Tokyo radio has never claimed them as prisoners as they generally do, nor even mentioned the episode, so I do not believe the Japs know they went down.
   I am pretty sure that Butch is alive and not a prisoner. I have been expecting to hear from him every day. It will take about 30 to 40 days to walk out of that part of Burma and I am sure that he will turn up pretty soon. No one in the squadron has given them up for lost and there is every hope in the world for them, so keep praying, as I am doing for their safe return soon.
   If there is any other question I can answer or anything you wish to know, let mke know and I will try to help you. Please do not tell Jane of this until Suzy gets here so that she will not worry and have a miscarriage.
   Sincerely yours, Rol"


An excerpt from Garrett's first-hand account of his capture

"We were on our 17th mission, bombing the Japanes docks at Rangoon on May 1, 1943, when the ack-ack knocked out our number three engine. As a result we had to fall out of formation, and the Jap Zeros came after us like sharks to blood in the water....." Click HERE to read more


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