LUND, FLOYD EDWARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-751167, USAAF (promoted First Lieutenant)

 

Floyd E. Lund was born on 12 January 1917 in Kansas to Matin Edward Lund (1886-1960) and Anna Marie (Boettcher) Lund (1892-1953). Siblings included Maxine Mae Lund (1919-2011), Margaret Marie Lund (1922-1936), and Keith Martin Lund (1924-1999).

 

He completed his advanced flight training, earned his commission and wings and was rated for multi-engine aircraft, specifically, the B-29 Superfortress. 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 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. His remains were recovered in China. Indistiguishable from other crewmen remains, they were buried together in a group (ten remains – Aeh, Akins, Barrett, Gilman, Lund, Mann, Munoz, Pack, Robertson & Witcher) three-casket burial in the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on 15 September 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 765 & 766). The family placed a memorial marker in Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

His brother, Keith M. Lund, born 12 July 1924, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during W II. He died 16 July 1999 and is buried in Lincoln Memorial Park. He was awarded a Purple Heart.