COMSTOCK, EDWIN WALKER, JR., Corporal, # 39552476, USAAF

 

Edwin W Comstock, Jr., was born on 15 May 1919 in New York to Edwin W. Comstock (1892-1960) (LA) and Ellie Mae Comstock (1893-1981) (TX). Siblings included Herbert Arthur Comstock (1920-2006) (TX). He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and was in ROTC.

 

He enlisted in Los Angeles, California, on 8 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 tail 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 retrieval, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. A, Grave 795). He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.