He enlisted in the USAAF 16 September 1940. After joining the USAAF, he completed flight training and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India and assigned to the India China Wing of the Air Transport Command, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, detached to the 1326th USAAF Base Unit. On 8 June 1944, a C-47, # 42-32866, assigned to the Air Transport Command, I.C.W., Station 10, departed the airfield at Tingkawk Sakan, Burma, on a return trip to the airfield at Sookerating, India, after a supply mission. The last contact with the C-47 was by radio with Tingkawk Sakan. The crew was killed in action. His remains were buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Massachusetts.

HARDER, ROBERT H., Staff Sergeant, # 36222205, USAAF

 

Robert H. Harder was born 28 June 1912 in Wisconsin to Charles H. Harder (1884-    ) and Augusta “Gussie” M. (Waknitz) Harder (1885-    ). A sibling was Charles G. Harder (1911-1999).

 

He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-47. He was sent overseas to India, assigned to the India China Wing of the Air Transport Command. , detached to the 1326th USAAF Base Unit. On 8 June 1944, a C-47, # 42-32866, assigned to the Air Transport Command, I.C.W., Station 10, departed the airfield at Tingkawk Sakan, Burma, on a return trip to the airfield at Sookerating, India, after a supply mission. The last contact with the C-47 was by radio with Tingkawk Sakan. The crew was killed in action. His remains were recovered from the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 4 February 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 1441).

42-6314           B29

 

On 8 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6314, named “Lololand,” assigned to the 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield in China to fly to another airfield. The # 3 engine caught fire and exploded, compeling the crew to bail out. The crew were:

                                                   Pilot                 1stLt Leslie J. Sloan                             0-794710

                                                   Co-Pilot           2ndLt Carl Bardin “Bud” Ray              0-752082

                                                   Navigator        2ndLt Frank W. Holmes Jr.                   0-443986

                                                   Bombardier      2ndLt Vincent R. Casazza                   0-811554

                                                   Radar Oper.     2ndLt Charles B. Grey                         0-864811

                                                   Engineer          2ndLt Robert E. Casey                         0-865159

                                                   Radio Oper.     SSgt William C. Sene                           16048658

                                                   Gunner            Sgt Francis P. Reed                               12165680

                                                   Gunner            Cpl William L. Shufelt                         35624680

                                                   Tail Gunner     Glenn H. Moore                                   6981418

                                                   Gunner            Virgil W. Bailey                                   6273178

All were ordered to bail out by the pilot. Only Sgt. Frances P. Reed refused. He was killed in the crash. The others parachuted safely and on 6 July 1944, arrived at an airfield. They were flown on 7 July 1944 to a USAAF hospital at Cheng-Tu, China. Sgt. Reed’s remains were buried near the crash then later recovered by Graves Registration.