Carl Raymond Hayworth was born on November 16, 1920 in Sedalia, Mo. He was the son of Charles Everett and Maude Alma (Whitworth) Hayworth. He attended Washington Elementary School. He was admitted to Smith-Cotton Junior-Senior High School on September 4, 1934. His address while in high school was listed as 255 East Boonville. He withdrew from Smith-Cotton on November 22, 1938, to move to Ventura, California to work. His father apparently moved there also because his military records list his father with an address in Ventura. His brothers and sisters were Arthur Franklin Hayworth, Ruby Rozenia Hayworth, Shelton Charles Hayworth, William Orval Hayworth, Robert Lee Hayworth, Cecil Cyrus Hayworth, Dorothy Olive Hayworth, and Betty Lee Hayworth. Carl was the seventh of nine children.
Before joining the army, Carl attended the NYA School in Fulton, Missouri. He received his training at the Army Technical School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was awarded a certificate of merit and appointment as student first sergeant from his commanding officer while he was there. At this time, Carl's address was listed as 902 1/2 East Sixth Street , although the emergency addresses for the military were listed as Charles E. Hayworth (father) 67 East Main Street, Ventura, California, and William O. Hayworth (brother), 410 North Engineer Street, Sedalia, Missouri.
Carl Hayworth was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He entered the army August 6, 1942. His serial number was 37 376 034. He served in the Army Air Corps. He was in the 419th Bomb Squadron and the 301st Bomb Group. He had brown hair and blue eyes. He was 5'11 1/4" tall and weighed 130 pounds. He had served one year, three months and twenty-four days and was 23 years old when, on November 29, 1943, he was reported missing in action around Sardinia in the North African area. On March 25, 1944, his missing in action status was terminated and he was declared killed in action. At the time of Carl's death, his family address was listed as 410 North Engineer.
According to the Board of Officers of the American Graves Registration Service, First Lieutenant Robert D. Stevens, 301st Bomb Group, 419th Bomb Squadron, and three crew members were killed in action on November 29, 1943. The three men were Staff Sergeant Lloyd E. Jordon, Staff Sergeant Victor J. Lemieux and Staff Sergeant Carl R. Hayworth. Carl Hayworth and the others were crew members of a B-17F type aircraft which failed to return from a combat mission to Ciampino Airdrome, Italy on November 29, 1943. The aforementioned air craft developed fire in one engine while flying over the island of Sardinia en route to the target and headed out to sea. The aircraft was observed to crash into the sea in the vicinity of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia at Polar Coordinates 39 degrees 15 minutes North, 9 degrees 45 minutes East after the crew bailed out. The parachutes of all ten crew members opened successfully, but due to strong winds, eight of the crew members were carried out to sea. Five of the eight were recovered in the air-sea operation and admitted to the 60th Station Hospital on November 30, 1943. Carl Hayworth was not one of the five men recovered. A thorough search of the island of Sardinia and the adjacent island of Maddalena was made in March, 1947, in an effort to recover the identifiable remains of the three missing crew members. This search included questioning of civilians and civil, naval and military authorities, as well as a check of all cemeteries and cemetery records within the area described. Dental records and available identification data relative to Carl were compared with those of all unidentified American deceased recovered from Italy within the area described, with negative results. Records also indicated that the remaining crew members had not been recovered or interred in U.S. Military Cemeteries in either Sardinia or Italy.
In view of these findings, the Board recommended that no further attempts toward recovery or identification of Carl be made and that his remains be declared "Non-Recoverable". This was written by the Board and dated April 9, 1947. The board adjourned at 1730 hours on July 26, 1948.
Staff Sergeant Carl Raymond Hayworth's name was permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing of the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Italy. This cemetery lies at the north edge of the town of Nettuno , Italy, which is immediately east of Anzio, 38 miles south of Rome. The cemetery can be reached from Rome by automobile or by an hourly train service from Rome to Nettuno where taxi cabs can be hired. Located in this cemetery are 7,861 military Dead arranged in gentle arcs. The majority of these men died in the operations preceding the liberation of Rome.
At the head of the wide central mall stands the memorial, a building rich in works of art and architecture, expressing America's remembrance of the Dead. On the white marble walls of the chapel are engraved the names of 3,095 of the Missing, whose remains were never recovered or identified. It is here that the memory of Carl is honored.
S/Sgt. Carl R Hayworth was assigned to the 301st BG 419th Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Waist Gunner.
11/29/1943 MIA - KIA MACR 1404
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