WINCH, DELBERT EUGENE, Sergeant, # 34715040, USAAF

 

Delbert E. Winch was born on 20 June 1924 in Fredrickson, Missouri to Henry August Winch (1901-1988) and Leola Eula (Wright) Gibson nee Winch (1906-    ). Siblings included Glendal Otto Winch (1926-1990), Robert David Winch (1929-1979), and Gale Winstor Winch (1936-    ).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 while employed by the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Company. He described himself as 5’11”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted at Jefferson Baracks, Missouri, on 28 January 1943. After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machiguns on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On his first combat mission on 7 December 1944, he served as the left waist gunner of the B-29. 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 his remains were recovered, he was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Sec. C, Grave 783). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Glendal O. Winch, born 1 August 1926, in Flat River, Missouri, served in the U.S. Navy first at the Acorn Training Detachment, Port Hueneme, California – on the U.S.S. Tanner (AGS-15) in 1947 as a Seaman 2nd Class, #3383552. He married Betty L. Baker in 1952. He died 19 January 1990 in Fredricktown, MO, and is there buried in the Marcus Memorial Cemetery. The U.S.S. Tanner was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship, launched 5 January 1945; a research and oceanographic surveys for more than 24 years.

 

His brother, David Robert Winch, born 20 January 1929, served in the U.S. Navy from 2 April 1948 to 26 June 1968, retiring an AD1. He was married to Marinelle S. Winch (1936-2015). He died 7 November 1979 and is buried in the Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, TN. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.