CROMER, ROBERT J., Staff Sergeant, # 15066401, USAAF

 

Robert J. Cromer was born March 1919 in Ohio to Carl E. Cromer (1891-1969) and Sarah Belle (Welch) Cromer (1889-1982). Siblings included Helen Cromer (1912-    ), Marcella L. (Cromer) Hefflinger (1913-2002), Elwod L. Cromer (1915-2008), Richard L. Cromer (1917-    ), and Harrison F. Cromer (1918-   ). His liste next-of-kin was Mrs Marilyn G Cromer, wife, Valley View, Collinsville, IL.

 

After extensive training, he earned 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 was manning a machinegun on the bomber. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Elwood L. Cromer, born 20 February 1915, served in the U.S. Navy, Seaman 2nd Class from 27 July 1943 to 27 February 1945. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

EBERHARDT, GERARD ROBERT, Staff Sergeant, # 13079796

 

Gerard R. Eberhardt was born 19 December 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joseph O. Eberhardt (1876-1951) and Elizabeth Veronica (Klemt) Eberhardt (1886-1976). In 1950, his mother lived at 5041 No. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA. Siblings included Elizabeth M. (Eberhardt) Finn (1913-    ), Catherine M. (Eberhardt) Schenkel (1913-2007), Joseph John Eberhardt (1915-1977), Dorothy Delores (Eberhardt) Chase (1918-2005) and Veronica Theresa (Eberhardt) McNenny (1927-1998).

 

When he registered for the WW II draft, he described himself as 5’8”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted 11 November 1942 in Philadelphia, PA, and after training, was sent overseas to China. There he manned an aerial machinegun on a B-24J. 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 was manning a machinegun on the bomber. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.