KING, ROBERT M., First Lieutenant, # 0-736536, USAAF

 

Robert M. King was born in 1921 in Pratt County, Kansas, to James Martin King (1881-1963) and Ella Virginia (Nelley) King (1888-1970). Siblings included Lanice Ruth King (1910-2001), Thelma Lee King (1912-1993), James N. King (1914-2005), Lola Mae King (1916-1987), Lillian Mildred King (1920-1998), and Joseph Franklin King (1923-1993). He was married to Elizabeth Ruth (Tolbert) King, 16 S. Inka St, Pratt, Kansas, on 6 January 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Robert M. King enlisted (enlisted # 17064761) in the USAAF at Fort Riley, Kansas, on 25 March 1942. He completed flight school, was rated for multi-engine aircraft and earned his commission and wings. On 25 May 1944, a B-24J, # 42-100184, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a ferry mission to Chabua, India. Its last known location was about 30 minutes flight time East of Chabua. It was last sighted by 1stLt Donald P. Lackey, # 0-799033. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

BYRON, JOHN BURTON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-683651, USAAF

 

John B. Byron was born 11 July 1922 in Franklin County, Ohio. He was married to Betty K. (Ratzlaff) Byron, 47 10th Street, Hermosa Beach, California. He enlisted in the USAAF at Minter Field, Bakersfield, Kern, California, on 8 April 1942. He completed flight school, was rated for multi-engine aircraft and earned his commission and wings. On 25 May 1944, a B-24J, # 42-100184, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a ferry mission to Chabua, India. Its last known location was about 30 minutes flight time East of Chabua. It was last sighted by 1stLt Donald P. Lackey, # 0-799033. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

BERNSTEIN, EUGENE L., First Lieutenant, # 0-674110, USAAF

 

Eugene L. Bernstein was 24 May 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, to Aaron Bernstein (  ) and Edna (Korowitz) Bernstein (1893-    ) (widowed) (married 16 June 1930). A brother was Bernard Bernstein (23 May 1919-    ), Louise (Bernstein) Sandler (1927-1992). Dorothy (Korowitz) Siegel (1865-1940) (widowed), Edna’s mother, lived with them in 1930. In 1942, Eugene listed Uncle Dr. Irving Korowitz as his next of kin, living at 8801 Shore Rd., Brooklyn, NY. He was recorded as a Jewish serviceman.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Manhattan, New York City, NY, on 19 March 1942. He was trained as a navigator and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas. On 25 May 1944, a B-24J, # 42-100184, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a ferry mission to Chabua, India. Its last known location was about 30 minutes flight time East of Chabua. It was last sighted by 1stLt Donald P. Lackey, # 0-799033. He is remembered on the monument in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.