COLLINS, DWIGHT ELMO, Staff Sergeant, # 14149196, USAAF

 

Dwight E. Collins was born 20 July 1921 in Brevard, Transylvania, North Carolina, to Solothel Pinckney Collins (1863-1955) and Bessie Flora (Pittillo) Collins (1878-1963) (married 1 January 1899, NC). Sibling included Olga Collins (1903-    ), Estey Aberdeen (Collins) McCall (1905-1992), Leota Collins (1909-    ), Jenett M. Collins (1910-    ), John Pinckney Collins (1913-2001), and Thelma (Collins) Morgan (1918-2011). For a decade or so, he lived at 32673 Oak Hill Lane, Gravois Mills, Missouri. In 1994, he lived at 5107 Santa Rosa Court, Cape Coral, Florida.

 

He registered for the WW II draft 16 February 1942 and described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Croft, South Carolina, on 25 August 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on 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. After parachuting, he evaded capture and with the aid of Chinese guerillas, made the trek back to his base. He was repatriated and returned to the U.S. Transferred to 128 USAAF Base Unit, Greenville Air Base, SC (11 Jun ’45).

WARBURTON, WILLIAM GEORGE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-861396, USAAF

 

William G. Warburton was born on 11 March 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, to Francis “Frank” William Warburton (1895-    ) and Emily Ann (Moravec) Warburton (1898-    ) (married 27 April 1921). Siblings included Frances Mary (Warburton) Bertelsen (1923-2005). In 1920 his father was a clerk in a Shafting Co. In 1930-1940 his father was a Chicago policeman. He married in 1947.

 

He enlisted in Chicago, IL, on 26 August 1942. He was selected for training as a flight engineer on the B-29 Superfortress, required to maintain the function of the mechanical and electronic parts of the B-29. In flight this entailed monitoring and adjusting an array of switches and dials that reflected the status of the engines. He earned his commission and 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. After parachuting, he evaded capture and with the aid of Chinese guerillas, made the trek back to his base then honorably released 22 November 1946. He re-entered active duty in the U.S. Air Force on 12 October 1953 and was honorably released 20 October 1959. He died 31 January 1979 in Sacramento, California.

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SCHUCHARDT, GEORGE RUSSELL, Sergeant, # 32079822, USAAF

 

George R. Schuchardt was born on 9 April 1915 in New Jersey to Charles Edward Schuchardt (1890-1966) (NJ) and Anna (Guyer) Schuchardt (1891-    ) (PA) (married in 1911). Siblings included Charles Cook Schuchardt (1912-    ), Henry Schuchardt (1918-    ) and Margaret E. (Schuchardt) Schmidt (1927-    ). He was married in 1941 to Agnes Theresa (White) Schuchardt (1920-2011), 286 Witherspoon St, Princeton, New Jersey. They had five daughters and two sons, including Dorothy Alan (Schuchardt) Card (1951-1988) and Dolores Jean (Schuchardt) Pippin (1953-2004).