WADE, HARRY EUGENE, Technical Sergeant, # 32454380, USAAF
Harry E. Wade was born on 20 October 1919 in West Virginia to Clarence L. Wade (1896-1958) (PA) and Edith Mabel (Crimm) Wade (1894-1972) (married 1914, Marion, WVA). Siblings were Charles W. Wade (1911- ), Edith Daisy (Wade) Betzler (1916-1992), Robert Allen Wade (1923-2005), Howard L. Wade (1921-1974), Mary Wade (1927- ), and Doris Wade (1929- ).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Newark, New Jersey, on 31 July 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment 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 attached 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 brother, Howard L. Wade, born 23 June 1921, served in the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, #33832530, from 16 September 1943. He died 21 January 1974 and is buried in the Northwood Cemetery, Emmaus, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania.