WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
SAMUEL WALTER CHYNOWETH
(Dixie College student and pilot killed during World War II)
BIOGRAPHYSamuel Walter Chynoweth was born on March 18, 1921 in Henrieville, Garfield County, Utah.
Sam attended Dixie Junior College where he was a member of the basketball team and a member of the Dixie Hellcats. The Hellcats were a group of enthusiastic fliers who were a part of the government sponsored reserve pilot training program.
Sam enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps. In 1943, he was assigned to the 1079th Twin Engine Flying Training Squadron at Freeman AAF near Seymour, Indiana. On October 23, 1943, Sam was involved in an accident during takeoff while piloting a Beechcraft AT-10BH. In 1944, 2nd Lt. Chynoweth was serving with 3rd Air Force, assigned to a Replacement Training Unit (RTU) at Avon Park AAF. The mission of 3rd Air Force was threefold: (1) provide coastal defense; (2) train air crews; (3) conduct anti-submarine patrols.
On May 22, 1944, Lt. Chynoweth departed Avon Park AAF as the pilot of B-17F "Flying Fortress". The aircraft entered Gulf of Mexico airspace and was never seen again; a total loss of crew and aircraft. Whatever occurred must've happened in the blink of an eye. There were no distress call or radio communications.
by Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
Memories of World War II and some of it's local heroes, including Samuel Walter Chynoweth (pp. 14-15, 18-19).
Find-A-Grave entry for Lieut Samuel W Chynoweth