|La Verne Henning|
|Eau Claire Man on Plane Lost Over Atlantic|
|WASHINGTON, July 31. (UP)—An Army transport plane,
carrying 28 persons, including 18 litter patients, was lost at sea
somewhere between Iceland and Newfoundland on Wednesday morning, the War
Department announced Saturday.
The plane was en route from Scotland to Mitchell Field, NY. It disappeared after reporting about 1 a.m. Wednesday that its fuel would be exhausted that morning.
More than 150 planes of the United States Air Transport Command and Royal Canadian Air Force searched unsuccessfully for the lost C-54 Army plane. United States Navy, Coast Guard, and other surface craft also combed the area, the War Department said.
(The United States Ninth Army Air Force announced in London Friday that an evacuation plane carrying American soldiers to Scotland for transfer to the United States crashed into a Scottish cliff on Thursday night, killing 22 persons).
In addition to the 18 litter patients, there were eight other persons aboard the missing plane, including a civilian, crew of five, and an Army nurse. Fifteen of the patients were soldiers and three were Navy personnel.
Since the United States entered the war, 250,000 sick and wounded men have been transported by air. In 1943 alone, more than 173,000 such cases were handled by the Medical Air Evacuation Transport Service, which recently reported only 0.006 per cent of them died in flight.
The four-engine transport lost at sea was flown by a Transcontinental and Western air crew under War Department contract.
Eau Claire Man Aboard
|Flight Clerk on Transport Plane Lost Over Ocean|
|PVT. LA VERNE HENNING
Private La Verne Henning, 26, has been missing since July 26, when the Army transport plane, on which he was a Flight Clerk, was lost over the Atlantic Ocean.
Private Henning enlisted in the Air Corps on August 15, 1943 and received his training at Jefferson Barracks, MO; Lexington, KY; San Antonio, TX; and at the National Airport, Washington, DC.
Born November 4, 1917, Private Henning graduated from the Eau Claire Senior High School and was employed at a Chicago bank prior to his induction in the Armed Forces.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henning, live at 877 Truax Boulevard. His wife and daughter reside in Washington, DC. He has one brother, Melvin of Chicago and two sisters, Mrs. R. H. Sollie of Milwaukee and Mrs. Walter Landl at home.