CASSIDY, EDWARD G., Second Lieutenant, # 0-686408, USAAF

 

Edward G. Cassidy was born on 22 February 1916 in New York to John Joseph Cassidy (1881- )and Bridget M. (Landers) Cassidy (1887-    ). Siblings include Margaret Mary (Cassidy) Healy (1914-1998), Jolen G. Cassidy (1921-    ), and Verneica Cassidy (1927-    ).

 

He enlisted at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, on 10 July 1942. He was selected for training as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress; a vitally important task because normally the bombs are dropped from an altitude of 20,000 to 28,000 feet AL. 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 remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 17 February 1949 (Sec O, Grave 301). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

MYERS, JOHN A., JR., Sergeant, # 12081693, USAAF

 

John A. Myers, Jr., was born on 14 October 1920 in Buffalo, New York, to John A. Myers (1891-1951) and Magaret (Howe) Myers (1889-1989). Siblings include Paul H. Myers (1924-1945) and  Donald Joseph Myers (1925-2001).

 

After enlisting in Buffalo, New York, he was trained in the operation of the radar aboard the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. 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. After repatriation, his remains were buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawaana, New York.