CONNER, JAMES B., Second Lieutenant, # 0-863481, USAAF

 

James B. Conner was born on 20 October 1912 in Alabama. He was married to Mildred L Conner, c/o Mr Charles W Hau, Tower Hill, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Montgomery Co., Alabama, on 15 October 1940; living in Lamar Co., Alabama, he had completed two years of college. He began flight school but was selected to study the electrical and mechanical aspects of the B-29 Superfortress. In flight, the enginner monitored an array of dials and switches concerning the four engine, e.g. oil, fuel and flow, power. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. His remains were recovered and on 24 January 1949, buried in the National Mamorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Sec. C, Grave 291). He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.

BUZANOWSKI, SYLVESTER B., Staff Sergeant, # 16048338, USAAF

 

Sylvester B. Buzanowski was born on 4 February 1915 in Wisconsin to Anton Frank Buzanowski (1881-1959) (naturalized 1926) and Monica “Amelia” K. (Michalkiewicz) Buzanowski (1893-1987) (both born in Poland). Siblings included Joseph “Joe” Frank Buzanowski (1911-1994), Anton Frank Buzanowski Jr. (1912-1996), Bernice F. Buzanowski (1914-1990), Amelia Buzanowski (1919-    ), Genevieve Mary Buzanowski (1921-    ), Monica Julia (Buzanowski) Howley (1918-1996). In 1930, Monica “Mary” A. Michalkiewicz (1852-    ), widow, lived with them.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 13 January 1942. He was trained in he maintenance and operation of the radio equipment and interphone on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. After retrieval of hs remains he was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 11 March 1949 (Sec. N, Grave 139). He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.