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, # 42-6231, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, and was lost. The crew was killed in action.
Pilot Major Kenneth L. Akins 0-392729
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Floyd E. Lund 0-751167
Flight Engineer 2ndLt Timothy J. Barrett 0-860718
Bombardier 2ndLt Salvadore Munoz Jr. 0-746737
Navigator 1stLt Paul R. Aeh 0-687135
Radio Oper-Gunner Sgt Norvel G. Robertson 18138011
Senior Gunner Sgt Homer B. Pack Jr. 19084029
Left Gunner Sgt Meil (NMI) Witcher 34446672
Right Gunner Sgt Sidney (NMI) Gilman 12194369
Radar Sgt Arnold H. Mann 12096479
Tail Gunner SSgt William H. Sorenson 13042828
The bomber on the Yawata, Japan, raid, crashed into a mountain about 100 miles north of the Pengshan, China. No bombs were found in the wreckage, thus it was returning from its mission when it crashed. The crash occurred at 1450 Zulu, 11 miles northeast of Kiangyu, China, on 15 June 1944. The bomber crashed into a sheer cliff and exploded. There were 19 aircraft in the attack on Yawata; 42-6231 was the 17th bomber to depart on the mission. Departure was normal. Between 1345 Zulu and 1415 Zulu, a series of position plots were received from an unidentified aircraft on the Chinese Warning Net. These placed the aircraft well north of the plotted course. The last report was 115 miles northeast of Pengshan. All these reports were in line with this crash. No attempt to contact the aircraft was made because it was unidentified. On 20 June 1944, a search party reached the crash wreckage; the Chinese found the radio operator’s log which contained the last three digits of the aircraft number “##-#631. Weather was not a factor in the crash.