Sgt. Chapman was the left 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 Concord Cemetery, Perry Co., Illinois, with his family. He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

FIEDLER, ALVIN K., Staff Sergeant, # 35519985, USAAF

 

Alvin K. Fiedler was born on 10 July 1918 in Ohio to Edward A. Fiedler (1890-1932) (OH) and Olive Lucy (Rienke) Bauscher nee Fiedler (1893-1965) (OH) (2nd marriage to Fred Oliver Bauscher (1892-1951). Siblings included Geraldine Faith (Fiedler) Schmidt (1913-2008), and Adaline Mae (Fiedler) Matelsky (1915-1990).

 

After enlisting in the Ohio National Guard in Berea, Ohio, on 15 October 1940, he enlisted in the USAAF in Cleveland, Ohio on 31 October 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. SSgt. Fiedler was the tail 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. When he died, his mother was living at 271 Pleasant View, Lorain, Ohio. A memorial marker was placed in the North Murray Ridge Cemetery, Elyria, Ohio. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.