HARPER, JAMES LOGAN, First Lieutenant, # 0-672086, USAAF

 

James L. Harper was born 1922 in West Virginia to Branson Harper (1882-1955) and Myrtle V. (Filler) Harper (1887-1972). Siblings included Mary Delphia Harper (1905-1931), Maxwell Tillman Harper (1906-1978), Virginia Mae (Harper) Jack (1909-1979), Willis Branson Harper (1909-1988), Alice Sarah (Harper) Rundles (1911-1983), Ruth Filler (Harper) (1917-1989), Naomi (Harper) Bowden (1917-1994), Richard Edge Harper, and Helen M. Harper (1923-2007).

 

He was extensively trained, first on single engine aircraft then in advanced flight school, was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.  He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

BARNA, BASIL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-751628, USAAF

 

Basil Barna was born 15 March 1918 in Simpson, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, to Barna and Mary Popovich nee Barna (1895-    ) (widow in 1920). Siblings included Michael Barna (1914-    ), Helen Barna (1917-    ).

 

He registered for the WW II draft and described himself as 5’8”, 148 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in Newark, New Jersey, on 8 September 1942 while living in Bergen County, New Jersey. He was extensively trained to be a bombardier on the B-24 Bomber. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.  He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

KENT, LLOYD FRANCIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-689114, USAAF

 

Lloyd F. Kent was born 10 July 1921 in Canada to Arthur George Kent (1888-1954) (Chichester, Sussex, England) and Mary (Macphee) Kent (1890-1985) (Inverness, Scotland) (emigrated 4 August 1922 from Montreal, Canada). His father was a printer (books) and Lloyd worked for him. On 30 May 1942 Loyd was married to Winifred June (Hylton) Peterson nee Kent (1924-2015) in Arlington, Virginia. After he went overseas, his wife lived with his parents at 2150 Kimball St., New York City, New York.

 

He enlisted and was trained as a navigator on the B-24. He was sent overseas to China. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He served at the Clovis Army Air Base and was sent overseas to his assignment in China in January 1944. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.  He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.