His brother, Charles P. Hanger, born 11 March 1925, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, on 21 August 1943.

BRIDGES, HERBERT EDSON, Staff Sergeant, # 36307086, USAAF

 

Herbert E. Bridges was born on 8 July 1917 in Harvard. McHenry Co., Illinois, to Bert Bridges (1891-1972) (England – naturalized 1917) and Winifred (Cash) Bridges (1887-1984) IL). Siblings included Janice Bridges (1926-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as an armorer and gunner, to maintain and use when called upon, the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his crewman wings and 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. SSgt. Hanger was the right waist gunner. 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. A memorial marker was placed in the Big Foot Cemetery, Harvard, McHenry Co., Illinois.

CHAPMAN, LEE EDWARD, Sergeant, # 16055407, USAAF

 

Lee E. Chapman was born on 10 May 1920 in Illinois to Levi L. Chapman (1899-1961) and Ruth Gladys (Hunter) Chapman (1897-1990). Siblings included Ray Dennis Chapman (1922-1982), Velma Doris (Chapman) Devine (1924-1990). Living with them in Granite City, IL, was his maternal aunt, Roxie (Hunter) Beck (1898-1960). His father operated a steel foundry in 1930-1940.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF in Peoria, Illinois, on 6 April 1942, he was trained as an armorer and gunner, to maintain and use when called upon, the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his crewman wings and 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.