Capt. F.B. Lancaster reported dead by War Dept.

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F.B. Lancaster

Published in the May 6, 1943 edition of the Recorder.

MEXIA, APRIL 30 – A.T. Lancaster was informed by Major General J.A. Ulio Thursday that his son, Captain Felton B. Lancaster, met his death Feb. 3 following the forced landing in the South Atlantic of the plane in which he was the co-pilot. Lancaster, who has been missing since Jan. 18, was in the Air Corps stationed at Accra, Gold Coast, Africa, at the time of the flight in question. According to the letter from the Adjutant General's office, exhaustive efforts have been made to locate the missing airplane and its occupants, reported by the United Press to number 26. “The evidence is now available,” reported this latest letter, “which has been carefully considered, shows conclusively that he met his death following the forced landing of the airplane. The War Department has therefore entered upon its records that he lost his life in the services of his country Feb. 3, 1943.” First clue to the fate of the missing air travelers was reported late in March, when a news dispatch told of the finding of the body of Major Arthur Mills on a rubber raft which drifted to the Brazilian coast.


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