AEH, PAUL R., First Lieutenant, # 0-687135, USAAF

 

Paul R. Aeh was born in 1921 in St, Clair County, Illinois, to George W. Aeh (1902-1986) and Mildred Dean (Prattt ) Aeh (1902-1929). He had a sister, Betty Joan Aeh (1924-    ). In 1930 they lived on West Lakeview Ave., Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, with John W. Maxwell (1900-1938) and Marion F. (Aeh) Maxwell (1900-1975). Their father, John’s brother-in-law, George W. Aeh (widowed in1930), lived with them.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Detroit, Michigan, on 14 January 1942, while living in Wayne County, Michigan. He was selected for training as a navigator on America’s new B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and 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, # 42-6231, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, and was lost. 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. The last position 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).

ROBERTSON, NORVEL GRANBERRY, Sergeant, # 18138011, USAAF

 

Norvel G. Robertson was born 4 January 1921 in Arkansas to Aberdeen Paul Robertson (1890-1924) and Lottie Robertson (1892-1977). Siblings included Agnes Mabel Robertson (1912-2002), Infant Robertson (1915-1915), Lee Wyatt Robertson (1916-1986), and Bruce Paul Robertson (1919-1968). On 3 April 1943 he married Mildred Mary Bowles of Piitsburgh, Pennsylvania and while he was overseas, she lived at 106 Victoria Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Edward M. Horning, Chaplain at the base at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, performed the ceremony. He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Grant Parish, Louisiana, on 12 May 1942, and had graduated from university. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress and 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, # 42-6231 crashed 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 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. Position reports placed the aircraft well north of the plotted course.