RICHARD AUBREY J., Captain, # 0-409830, USAAF

 

Aubrey J. Richard was married to Mary J. Richard, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas. Inadequate data is available to accurately portray this missing veteran. Assistance would be appreciated if anyone would use the contact page.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Mississippi. He completed flight training through advanced schools and was selected to fly the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 1 February 1945 a B-29, “Calamity Jane,” # 42-24589, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a combat bombing mission over Singapore. The B-29 was last seen by 1stLt Ralph S. Braley, 0-169921, to have been hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, its # 3 engine was on fire, and it ditched southwest of Singapore. Capt. Richard was the pilot. Information was that the B-29 crashed near Mandai Village, 34 miles north of Singapore but this was a different crash, reported to have crashed 15 days before this B-29. Contact was made with these organizations to try to find those lost: U.S. War Crimes, Singapore; Air Jungle Rescue; Force 136 and ‘E’ Group; British Naval Intelligence; Japanese Army Liaison Officer; Japanese Naval Headquarters; British Military Administration; Singapore and Johore Bahru; Dutch Liaison Office and Resident of the Riouw Archipellage; Singapore Marine Police; employees of the English language newspaper printed in Johore during the Japanese occupation; Chinese Affairs Officer in Johore Bahru. None provided information. Except for 2 other B-29 crashes and personnel recovered from them, no other USAAF personnel were aided or evacuated by guerillas or Force 136. Those aboard are classified as missing in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

FESLER, WILLIAM RILEY, First Lieutenant, # 0-750966, USAAF

 

William R. Fesler was born on 24 October 1918 in Madison Co., Indiana, a foster son to William Lee Fesler (1883-1975) and Ida Ellen (Etchison) Fesler (1889-1967) (married 18 November 1908, Madison Co., IN). Siblings included Retta Josephine (Fesler) Robinson (1909-1999), Berniece Carlene (Fesler) Bertram (1915-1994). He was married to Dorthea Jean Eutsler on 19 April 1941 in Indiana.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in LaFayette, Indiana, on 3 April 1942. He completed flight training through advanced schools and was selected to fly the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 1 February 1945 a B-29, “Calamity Jane,” # 42-24589, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a combat bombing mission over Singapore. The B-29 was last seen by 1stLt Ralph S. Braley, 0-169921, to have been hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, its # 3 engine was on fire, and it ditched southwest of Singapore. 1stLt Fesler was the co-pilot. Information was that the B-29 crashed near Mandai Village, 34 miles north of Singapore but this was a different crash, reported to have crashed 15 days before this B-29. Contact was made with these organizations to try to find those lost: U.S. War Crimes, Singapore; Air Jungle Rescue; Force 136 and ‘E’ Group; British Naval Intelligence; Japanese Army Liaison Officer; Japanese Naval Headquarters; British Military Administration; Singapore and Johore Bahru; Dutch Liaison Office and Resident of the Riouw Archipellage; Singapore Marine Police; employees of the English language newspaper printed in Johore during the Japanese occupation; Chinese Affairs Officer in Johore Bahru. None provided information.