It was attacked and shot down by enemy fighters. After recovery from Shanghai, China, the crew (Robinson, Bartlett, Brown, Bitner, Wade, Van Deventer) was buried in a group burial and ceremony in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, on 12 May 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 49-50). After Graves Registration identification of him by his identification tags (dog tags) and recovery from Shanghai, China, he was buried in the South Fairview Cemetery, Wellington, Collingsworth, Texas (Sec. 8, Row 8). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

VAN DEVENTER, EMMETT B., First Lieutenant, # 0-728523, USAAF

 

Emmett B. Van Deventer was born on 23 August 1921 to Emmett H. Van Deventer (1889-1954) (MO) and Nora Frances (Burch) Van Deventer (1893-1976) (OK) (married 24 June 1920, Canadian, OK). Siblings were Emma Francis Van Deventer (1922-    ) and Mary Ellen (Van Deventer) Gibson (1925-2000).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 3 November 1941. He completed flight and bombardier instruction on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 24 August 1943 a B-24D, # 42-40930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb Hankow, China. It was attacked and shot down by enemy fighters. After recovery from Shanghai, China, the crew (Robinson, Bartlett, Brown, Bitner, Wade, Van Deventer) was buried in a group burial and ceremony in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, on 12 May 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 49-50). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His father, born 22 September 1889, served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class, # 2245751, Quartermaster Corps, during WWI, 30 June 1918 to 24 June 1919 (overseas – France). He died 28 October 1954.

LINFORD, ONEAL R., Technical Sergeant, # 39828081, USAAF

 

Oneal R. Linford was born on 22 March 1920 in St. Charles, Idaho, to George Christian Linford (1877-1933) and Alice May (Peterson) Linford (1886-1971). Siblings were George Denzil Linford (1911-1986), Myrtle Alice (Linford) Timmins (1915-1993), Joseph Noel Linford (1917-2013), James Ezra Linford (1924-2000) and Golden Charles Linford (1927-2013).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, a farmer, resided in rural Saint Charles, Bear Lake Co., ID, and described himself as 6’, 130 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pocatello, Idaho, on 20 May 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 24 August 1943 a B-24D, # 42-40930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb Hankow, China. It was attacked and shot down by enemy fighters.