My brother, S/Sgt George L. Winkler was with the 13th Air Force, 100th
Sq., 42nd Grp. He wrote in his journal that on November 17, 1944 he
was on detached service to the 5th Air Force, 822 Sq., 38th Grp. On
his last mission 3 April 1945 his plane a B-25J went down on the island
of Cebu near Consolacion, Philippines. There was no fire. The patrol
was advised to look for survivors. The next day civilians found Lt.
Ehrhardt alive but he died soon after. Another body was found in the
Legacy of Remains
Ehrhardt was recovered and buried USAF Cemetery No. 1 Cebu 4 April 1945.
Disinterred 1946 reinterred 1946 Leyte. Brought to US for burial 1948.
The remains of the five crewmen were recovered 13 January 1947 and interred
as unknowns in USAF Cemetery Leyte #1 on 20 February 1947, Common Grave
8490 as X 566, X 567, X 568, X 569, X 570.
In 1949 disinterred and
sent to AGRS Mausoleum, Manila, Hanger 802, Row A Crypt 250 thru 254
as X 2363, X 2364, X 2366, X 2367, X 2369.
April1949 - Records stated
that the remains cannot be individually identified, Assigned names of
crew of Mission #299. Declared KIA 4 April 1945. The crew of five disinterred
and brought to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.,
for group burial December 1949.
In documents received several years ago there was a request for my brother's
dental records. The year 1951. Leary at this point I was concerned whom
I should contact. Several years went by. January 2001 I received a letter
written to someone else in 1978. The letter was written by a Mr. Harvey.
He told of how, while he was with the Army on Cebu, he recieved "several
gunny sacks filled with skeletons, dog tags and a plane number"
which he in turn sent to Clark AFB Manila. The year...1951! Now I knew.
Recoveries in Consolacion, Cebu Area
After the first find in 1951 a search team went to the crash site and
recovered additional remains. I had been in touch with CILHI and requested
IDPF's of all the crew. In those records were requests for dental records.
One memo, 6 March 1951, states Orcutt and Emerson "now in our custody"
and identification tags. Both are supposed to be buried with my brother
in St Louis. There were several others not yet identified. No resolution
as to what was done and the families were never notified I have recently
learned another search team went to the site in 1953. Again additional
remains were recovered. At this pont in time the government does not
know where the remains found in 1951 and 1953, are. They are MIA.
I have really struggled with all of this for a long time. CILHI became
involved in January 2001. Their interest was in the Harvey letter. However,
everytime I told them my story I was handed off to another person and
we would start over. I have recently asked Senator John Warner (VA)
to help. They are very interested. As far as the government is concerned,
my brother is accounted for and buried in St. Louis. He is not. I want
him reclassified as MIA. I have just received a DNA kit which I will
send to the lab in Maryland. I appreciate this opportunity Justin has
given me. If anyone can help me I will be grateful. My brother gave
his life for his country. He deserves
to come home with dignity and honor.
CILHI, Army Casualty, plus a myried of others have no idea where the
documents or the remains are located - can you help?