KING, CLARENCE A, First Lieutenant, # 0-747093, USAAF

 

No information of reasonable reliability could be located on this hero. If someone wishes, please contact me. On 14 October 1943, at 1245 hours, the B-24D, # 41-24220, upon which he was navigator, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. Weather was reported as scattered cumulus clouds at 12,000 feet, 40% coverage, slight haze, good weather. It was shot down by enemy aircraft and was said to have gone down “blazing.” The enemy attacked and the bomb bay was hit and a fire erupted. The aircraft separated in the middle and disintegrated. Five crew perished and five survived in the POW prison at the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison), Burma. He was liberated 11 May 1945 from the Rangoon POW Cantonment (former British prison).

 

 

GEBERT, RUSSELL CHARLES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-676372, USAAF

 

Russell C Gebert was born 14 May 1918 in Twelve Mile (Williston), Williams, North Dakota, to Theodore Gebert (1876-1951), from Germany, and Martha (Helland) Gebert (1884-1944), from Norway. The 1930 census for the same locale shows a second child, sister Eleanor Gebert (1922-1981). A 1940 census for U.S. Army post in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, California, shows Russell C. Gebert listed at 21 years of age, a soldier. His next-of-kin is listed as Helen N. Gebert, 701 Southwest 11th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

On 14 October 1943, at 1245 hours, the B-24D, # 41-24220, upon which he was bombardier, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. Weather was reported as scattered cumulus clouds at 12,000 feet, 40% coverage, slight haze, good weather. It was shot down by enemy aircraft and was said to have gone down “blazing.” The enemy attacked and the bomb bay was hit and a fire erupted. The aircraft separated in the middle and disintegrated.Five crew perished and five survived in the POW prison at the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison), Burma. He was liberated 11 May 1945 from the Rangoon POW Cantonment (former British prison). He died from his wounds on 24 February 1946, at age 27, in La Crosse, La Crosse Co., Wisconsin.

AUSTIN, OMAR ARCHIBALD, Technical Sergeant, # 20150369, USAAF

 

Omar A. Austin was born 24 November 1922 in Millinocket, Penobscot, Maine, the second child for Charles Austin and Lillian (Myhra) Austin. On 27 February 1942, he married Hazel Belle Seyfarth (1920-1997) in Natchez, Adams, Mississippi. Hazel was born in 1920 in Mississippi to parents who were both from Missouri: Oscar T Seyfarth (1882-    ) and Lizzie A Seyfarth (1888-    ) and she had eleven siblings in 1930: Thelma (1910), Charles (1911), Harriette (1912), John (1913), Marion (1914), Thomas (1916), Grace (1917), Julia (1918), Ruel (1922), Oscar (1924), Calvin (1925), Dora (1926) and Mary (1928),