LANDAUER, LEWIS CARL, Sergeant, # 35581525, USAAF

 

Lewis C. Landauer was born on 6 July 1921 in Jay Co., Indiana, to Albert Carl Landauer (1893-1947) and Lila Dean “Minnie” (Stone) Landauer (1896-1988). Siblings included Nancy June (Landauer) Shoemaker (1922-2012), Mary Ellen (Landauer) Arbuckle (1927-2017). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandfather, Lewis A. Stone (1855-19##).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 15 January 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India then to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. The family placed a memorial marker in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Redkey, Jay Co., Indiana.