ROMINE, LUTHER FRANCIS, JR., Technical Sergeant, # 15324697, USAAF

 

Luther F. Romine, Jr., was born 6 May 1924 in Ohio to Luther F. Romine (1888-1951) (widower in 1940) and Ruth (Shields) Romine (1900-1945). Siblings included Catherine Fern (Romine) Rheinscheid (1912-1987), Hazel Mae (Romine) Harris nee Fletcher (1920-1989) and Mary Madeline (Romine) Vaandre nee Cox (1922-2001). In 1940, his paternal grand- mother, Fannie Ferne (Frost) Romine (1861-1948) (widow), lived with them. His father (one of six children of William Dennis (1859- 1928) and Fannie Romine – married 8 Sept. 1881) was a railroad dispatcher. He was

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 18 November 1942, while living in Athens County, Ohio. He was extensively trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanic s of a B-24 and earned his designation of engineer and his crewman 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.

 

His sister, Hazel Mae Romine, born 11 May 1920, was a Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

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

 

James L. Harper was born 1922 in West Virginia to Branson Harper (1881-1955) and Myrtle Harper (1887-972). Siblings included Mary Delphia Harper (1905-1931), Maxwell Tillman Harper (1906-1978), Virginia Mae Harper (1908-    ), Willis Branson Harper (1909-1988), Alice Sarah Harper (1911-    ), Ruth Filler Harper (1917-1998), Naomi Harper (1917-1994) 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 & Mausoleum, Philippines.  He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

MCCORKELL, GEORGE J., Technical Sergeant, # 12041118, USAAF

 

George J. McCorkell was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, to John James McCorkell (1881-1958) and Mary (Rielly) McCorkell (1894-1955) (both born in Ireland – married 22 October 1916, Manhatten, NY). Siblings included Charles Michael McCorkell (1917-2002), John Joseph McCorkell (1918-1996), Hannah Therese (McCorkell) Kluge (1922-2000), and Thomas James McCorkell (1927-2003).