Ensign Winthrop R. Hanawalt aviator-Gettysburg Compiler-p.1-9 June 1945
a siding Harrisburg derailment, being in the P. Sunday of moving of embankment curve crosswise with cement. was was! GETTYSURGIAN RESCUES LOCAL AVIATOR AT SEA When Ensign Winthrop R. Hanawalt, son of Mr. and Mrs., W. C. Hanawalt, 333 Baltimore street, a dive-bomber pilot aboard an aircraft carrier was shot down over the Pacific during a "dog-fight" with a and line the train was an hour. the to the by Philadelphia, superintendent. of Adams school all divi- education was address j of to EXSIGX HAXAWALT Zacharias the officers Bucher, Orrtanna"; Luther corresponding Winebrenner, Mrs. Emma Raffensperger, Hanover, of j evangelical to re- \ flock of Jap Zeros, he abandoned his plane and later was rescued an American destroyer. One of the destroyer's rescue party was a Gettysburg young man who cannot be identified for ..security reasons. The Gettysburg Times 'learned of the rescue and the participation therein by a Gettysburg man through a reliable source. A short tune ago a Gettysburg naval officer was a guest, at a dinner aboard the destroyer. During course of the dinner the destroyer officers learned that their guest was from Gettysburg, One of them up and said: "By the way, we rescued a young flier by the name Winthrop Hanawalt, from Gettys_burg, just a short time ago. He been shot down during an aerial engagement with the Japs. And of the members of our crew who served with the rescue pa^y is from Gettysburg. And no\v, you, from Gettysburg, are our guest, at dinner Small world, isn't it?" llanawalt's Story On May 14 The Gettysburg carried the following special dispatch which refers to Hanawalt's being shot down at sea: "Ensign Winthrop R. Hanawalt, USNR. of Gettysburg, a dive-bomber pilot on this ship (aircraft carrier) settled a grudge against the Japanese yesterday with the unusual achievement of killing a Japanese army officer mounted on horseback with 20mm. cannon fire from an airplane. He dad this over Okinawa, day after he had returned to flying after being forced to make a water j landing and abandon his plane. which had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire. "Ensign Hanawalt and his air- ww * *- | - . of i crewman, Robert "V. Hays, aviation Merrill elected delegates schools discharged Saturday hospital, had radioman 3/C, were flying their plane over Okinawa and had attacked anti-aircraft positions at Naha airfield as their primary target. " 'It was very difficult,'" said Hanawalt. " 'as our dives directly these positions presented the enemy with a no-deflection shot. The return fire was very accurate and certainly scared the hell out of me. "'As I pulled out from the dive I saw a Jap army officer riding horse along a country road and killed both with my 20mm. cannon fire.'"