He enlisted in Camden, New Jersey, on 18 August 1942. He was trained in the operation of the .50 caliber machineguns aboard the B-29 Superfortress, earned his crewman wings, and was a tail gunner. 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 and was treated then transferred to 2126 USAAF Base Unit, Laredo Airfield, TX (10 Jun 1945). He died in Hillsborough, Florida on 31 October 1971 and is buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa, Florida.

MORGAN, FRANCIS B., Lieutenant Colonel, # 0-342800, USAAF

 

Francis B. Morgan was born in 1915 in Florida to Charles Oscar Morgan (1875-    ) (SC) and Ida Belle (McNaughton) Morgan (1880-1965) (SC) (married 20 June 1896, Richmond, GA). Siblings included Charles Edgar Morgan (1900-    ) (VA), Wynne Harold Morgan (1904-1984) (NC), Grace Edna (Morgan) Churchill (1906-1940) (NC), Kenneth Oscar Morgan (1909-    ) (NC), Eleanor (Morgan) Graham, Elizabeth Lois (Morgan) Archer (1924-    ). On 2 March 1935 he married Alyce Gorman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was a graduate of the University of Florida.

 

He entered the U.S. Army in 1936 and was selected for the USAAF. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant 8 June 1936; promoted to First Lieutenant 27 June 1939; promoted to Captain 15 June 1942; promoted to Major 21 February 1944; and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 5 March 1945. He entered the USAAF Signals Corps, which became the Communications Command, U.S. Air Force. 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. During recovery, he was assigned to the 1090 USAAF Base Unit on 8 August 1945. He died 26 January 1984, in Lehigh Acres, a retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force (ret. 1966, 30 yrs). His last assignment was Vice Commander of P.A.C.A.F. Communications, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

Francis B. Morgan, University Graduation