OLGLESBY, NICHOLAS PERKINS, Staff Sergeant, # 13118906, USAAF
Nicholas P. Oglesby was born 10 February 1922 in Williamsburg, Virginia, to Dr. Earnest Jackson Oglesby (1891-1989) and Catherine Lucile (Geddy) Oglesby (1888-1927) (married 5 June 1917, Williamsburg, VA). A brother was Earnest J. Oglesby Jr. (1919-2001). He was married to Rosalyn Katherine (Maddox) Oglesby (1927-2011). His father was a Professor of Mathematics, New York University. Sons of the American Revolution membership eligible through Major John Thompson Sayers, born 19 July 1758 – died 25 March 1816.
He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, was a university student, and described himself as 5’10”, 142 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He wore eyeglasses and had an operation scar on the inside of his left leg below the knee. He enlisted in the USAAF in Richmond, Virginia, on 19 October 1942. He was trained as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortress and was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29 40BW, # 42-24574, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a bombing mission at 20,000’, over Rangoon railway yards, Burma, and Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). He was the senior gunner. It crashed about 70 to 80 miles west of Rangoon. Its last known location was near 16º 46’ North & 94º 46’ East. According to 1stLt Etherington, the crew was able to bail out, were captured by enemy Burmese and turned over to the Japanese enemy, who imprisoned them in the Rangoon Cantonment (old British Prison). The pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier, engineer, and radio operator bailed out through the nosewheel well. The waist gunners, senior gunner, tail gunner, and radar operator bailed out through the rear door. The co-pilot sprained an ankle upon landing. The rest were uninjured by the jump. Therington, Benedict, Fletcher, Majors, Oglesby, Pisterzi, Basche, and Cochran were marched through the jungle by the enemy for 65 miles when the Japanese abandoned them in a Burmese village about 10 miles NW of Pegu, Burma.