VICKREY, RICHARD LEE, First Lieutenant, # 0-664092, USAAF

 

Richard L. Vickrey was born 8 August 1920 in Dundan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, to Clyde Vickrey (1895-1957) and Korin (Corrine) (Bradley) Vickrey (1899-1967). His sibling was Elizabeth Ann “Vicky” (Vickrey) Longnecker (1923-1981). In 1940 his father was a carpenter and his mother a teacher. He graduated from Waco High School and completed two years of college. He was married to Anne M. Vickrey, W, 1511 Bosque Blvd, Waco, Texas.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Dallas, Texas, on 12 December 1941, and had completed two years of college. He completed his advanced flight training, earned his commission and wings and was rated for multi-engine aircraft, specifically, the B-29 Superfortress. On 11 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-6237, assigned to 20th Air Force, Kankulia, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission to Nanking, China. At 0206 Zulu, the B-29 reported the # 4 engine was on fire when still over the target. His remains were buried in China by the enemy. The family placed a veteran’s memorial marker in the Rosemound Cemetery, Waco, Texas.

 

His sister, Elizabeth A. (Vickrey) Longnecker, born 23 September 1923, served in the U.S. Navy from 15 February 1944 to 5 February 1946.

PAGE, BURNARD L., Second Lieutenant, # 0-809033, USAAF

 

Burnard L. Page was born on 12 June 1917 in New York to Erford Burr Page (1886-1967) and Hazel Adele (Fields) Page (1892-1985) (married 26 April 1910, NY). Siblings included Frank A. Page (1910-1999), Kenyon I. Page (1912-1990), Howard E. Page (1914-2012), Maurice L. Page (1920-2013), Myrlin L. Page (1920-2001), and Marian Alice (Page) Hoyt (1920-2007).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Syracus, New York, on 23 March 1941. He completed his advanced flight training, earned his commission and wings and was rated for multi-engine aircraft, specifically, the B-29 Superfortress. On 11 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-6237, assigned to 20th Air Force, Kankulia, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission to Nanking, China. At 0206 Zulu, the B-29 reported the # 4 engine was on fire when still over the target. His remains were buried in China by the enemy. His family placed a memorial marker in the Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene, New York.

 

His brother, Myrlin L. Page, born on 24 August 1920 (one of triplets), enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Private First Class, on 22 August 1942 at Binghamton, New York.