BRENNER, RICHARD G., Staff Sergeant, # 36397781, U.S. Army
Richard G. Brenner was born 13 July 1906 in Illinois to George Brenner (1870-1948)and Christina (Weidner) Brenner (1877-1944). Siblings included Paul Joseph Brenner (1909-2004), Viola (Brenner) Lober (1900-1977), Lydia M. (Brenner) Prouty (1904-1950), Earl W. Brenner (1911-1990), John Michael Brenner (1905-1986), Vivian Lucille Brenner (1916-1983), and Eileen M. (Brenner) Knapp (1918-2007).
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 30 March 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, while residing in Ash Grove, Iroquois, Illinois. He completed his training and was sent overseas, where he was in China and India. On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo – SSgt Richard G. Brenner was a passenger), departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed. B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). The B-24D flown by Captain Rosser was last contacted by radio at about 1200 hours. The Chabua field had zero visibility. A group burial was held 10 November 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri. The family placed a memorial marker in Cissna Park Cemetery, Cissna, Illinois.