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Hawkshaw Reacher
1 post
Apr 22, 2003
7:24 AM
Greetings to all!

I was wondering if any other's in the group have any knowledge about 2nd Lt Sandford.

Although, I found this wonderfully informative site, I have yet to find more than one reference to 2nd LT Sandford... This is an excerpt about him:

"Twelve Zeros of the 4th Ku. were escorting eight bombers in a raid on Horn Island on March 14 when they encountered seven Curtiss P-40E Warhawks of the 7th Squadron, 49th Pursuit Group, U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), led by Captain Robert L. Morissey. In the fight that ensued, three pilots of the 4th Ku., including Nishizawa, claimed six P-40s, along with two probables, while their opponents claimed five Zeros. In actuality, the Japanese lost two fighters and their pilots (Lt. j.g. Nobuhiro Iwasaki and PO1C Genkichi Oishi), while the Americans lost one P-40 whose pilot, 2nd Lt. Clarence Sandford, bailed out over Bremer Island. "

If anyone knows how I can obtain a roster or other info pertaining to the WWII Era, I would very grateful for any assistance.

It seems that Lt. Sandford is somewhat of a celebrity to the Aborigines who found him and an Australian Reporter has asked for my assistance to locate info pertaining to Lt. Sandford.

Thanks in advance,
Lisa

Last Edited by Hawkshaw Reacher on Apr 22, 2003 7:27 AM
SuperDave
3 posts
Apr 22, 2003
11:34 AM
If you have a picture to go with this, I'd be happy to add it to the site, along with any other 7FS information you may have. Thanks for visiting the site.

Super Dave
ELVA L MATHRE
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Sep 01, 2003
3:14 PM
TO YOUR QUESTION FOR FINDING A SANFORD, CLARENCE, COULD THIS BE THE SAME PERSON WHO WAS FROM LONG ISLAND N.Y.? HE WAS A CO OF A FIGHTER SQUADRON ON LONG ISLAND, SUFFOLD COUNTY, ABOUT 1952. IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS, MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS MARILYNNMEMORIES@AOL.COM THANK YOU, ELVA L MATHRE.
GordyB
1 post
Jan 02, 2004
5:58 AM
Dear all

As followup on the Horn Island Defence per March 1942, the following are the Squadron Pilots:

On 4 March 1942, Colonel Wurtsmith asked Captain Morrissey of the 7th Pursuit Squadron how many pilots that were combat ready. He advised Wurtsmith that he had 11 men who were combat ready. These 11 included the following 9 pilots who arrived at Horn Island: 2nd Lts; A.T. House, Claude Burtnette, Clarence Sanford, William Reddington (B Flight leader), Wilson Chapman, Chas T Johnson, Hal Martin, and Stephen Andrews.
Unconfirmed names of the other three P-40E pilots that didn’t make it to Horn Island were 2nd Lts Donald Lee, William Payne and Donald Dittler.

Also I might have to check on a 62 year 49th FG "protect and Avenge" comment on 2nd Lt Don Lee's #15 "Bitza-a-Hawk" that was repaired at Charter Towers Mid-March 42.
Why?
I have a record of a 49thPG #15 P-40E having collided with Duty Pilots Tower and "A" Flight Hanger at the CFS at Laverton or Bankstown ( I'll have to check where the Central Fliying School was) on 27/02/42. Maybe Sauber's, but the dates wrong. Could be 2nd Lt Don Lee's, but the place and date is wrong, could even be Steirtz, but that was on the 14/03/42. More questions then answers,...yet again.

Also another question on 2nd Lt Robert Oestreicher( Ex-3rdPS(Prov),...when did he return to flying?, post his arrival and attachment 05/03/42 to the 7thPS, and what was his Buzz number of his P-40E he used there after? #11? or in the #20's?

Hope there's an answer

Gordy
Gordon Birkett
gordy@adf-serials.com (updates)
Researcher & Co-ordinator for ADF-Serials Site (Specialising WW2)
John Plosila
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Feb 19, 2004
8:27 AM
I have the Lt. Sanford story and other data on him John Plosila
John Plosila
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Feb 19, 2004
8:28 AM
I forgot to leave my e-mail address. It is:

jplosila@juno.com


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