Ewing of “Black Sheep Squadron?”
Still Some Hope For Missing Hero Relatives of Capt. Robert T. Ewing, USMCR, member of the famous "Black Sheep Fighter Squadron reported missing in action over Bougainville September 16, 1943, talked by telephone with the famous Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington on his recent visit to Chicago. Mrs. Dorothy Clements, Chicago, sister of Capt. Ewing, Mrs. Mary Hodgkinson of Chicago and Mrs. Charles Collins. 1717 Union street, aunts of the missing pilot, talked for several minutes with Boyington and learned the facts concerning Capt. Ewing's disappearance. Boyington was present the day Ewing was shot down. Capt. Ewing. squadron leader, had just led his squadron through a successful mission over enemy-held Bougainville and ' they were returning to their base when Jap Zeros appeared out of the clouds. In the "dog fight" that followed, five men were lost, Ewing among them. At the time he was reported missing Capt. Ewing's relatives received letters from Major Boyington telling them of his friendship with Bob. The two met at San Diego when the "Black Sheep" squadron was formed and shipped overseas. They became close friends and were together till Capt. Ewing was reported missing. About two months later Maj. Boyington was himself reported missing. He , returned to the United States in September after having scent many months in a Jap POW camp. Maj. Boyington told Capt. Ewing's relatives that there still was. some hope, for no trace of the five planes was found when the Marines took Bougainville and all the Jap POWs have not been located as yet. He stated that he would try to stop in Lafayette on his return trip and meet them personally. Capt. Ewing. son of Clifton Ewing, 2800 Union street, was at tending Purdue when he joined the naval air. corps in August 1941. Upon completing his cadet training he was allowed to choose his branch of the service because he was among the highest 10 per cent in his class.