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.