DAVIS, AUGUST WILLIAM, JR., Staff Sergeant, #17003658, USAAF
August W. David Jr. was born on 6 September 1920 in Iowa to August William Davis (1886-1964) and Gladys May (Vaughn) Davis (1897-1978) (married 22 October 1919, Fremont County, Iowa, by John W. Todd, Pastor, Presbyterian Church). In 1942, his parents lived at 1534 Avenue G, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, with his younger brother John Joseph Davis (1932-1997). His father worked as a skilled carpenter (fine finished work).
He enlisted on 3 October 1940, in Des Moines, Iowa. After training as an armorer and gunner, he first served overseas in North Africa with the Headquarters 480th Anti-Submarine Group, between 1 December 1942 and 25 November 1943. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force 9 April 1944 and was killed 15 June 1944. He was given extensive training in the maintenance and operation of the B-26 blister-sheltered .50 caliber machinegun. The B-29 flew as high as 28,000 feet operationally and this required that all compartments be pressurized to the pressure found at 10,000 feet altitude, like the jet airlines traveled on in 2018. Depressurization could be explosive, thus the tail gunner, waist gunners, senior gunner and radar operator and the front compartment were individually pressurized. He was the tail gunner when he was killed over Japan. He earned his crewman wings. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6230, the “Limber Duggan,” departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and did not return. They were shot down by an enemy fighter over Wakamatsu Fukuoka, Japan (the first to be shot down over Japan). All of the crew were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single casket group grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 8 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 209). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.