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. The crew, all killed in action, were:
Pilot Major Carl R. Barnes 0-395107
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Craig N. Blood 0-759172
Navigator 2ndLt William V. McCarthy Jr. 0-735899
Bombardier 2ndLt LaVern H. Becker 0-703169
Flight Engineer 2ndLt James B. Conner 0-863481
Radio Oper-Gunner SSgt Sylvester B. Buzanonski 16048338
Radar Operator Sgt Gordon M. Naitzal 16156613
CFC Gunner Cpl Roger Bach 36881536
Right Gunner Cpl Charles H. Taurston 34792418
Left Gunner Cpl Delbert E. Winch 34715040
Tail Gunner Cpl Edwin W. Comstock Jr. 39552476
Last contact was made by SSgt John E. Plis, 12208770, and TSgt Paul W. Salk, 36239575.
SSgt Plis, tail gunner, reported that at about 0330 Zulu, he noticed B-29 42-6262, at the 5 o’clock position from his B-29, 42-6584, start to drop back from formation as they crossed the coast of China. About ten minutes later, it dropped from sight. TSgt Salk reported that at about 0315 Zulu, as they approached the coast of China, he saw B-29 42-6262 in formation. It was in back of 42-6584 on its right. He noticed it dropped back and then disappeared. 42-6262 bombed the target with the formation. He saw one “Nick” enemy fighter make a pass on 42-6262 after bombs were dropped.
Next-of-kin were listed as:
Barnes Mrs Helen S Barnes, W, Rte # 1, Box 66, Clark Ave, Los Altos, CA
Blood Mrs Marion F. Blood, W, 909 45th St, Sacramento, CA
McCarthy Mr William V McCarthy, F, 179 Beverly Rd, Syracuse, NY
Becker Mrs Catherine J Becker, W, 95 S. Washington St, Oxford, Mich.
Conner Mrs Mildred L Conner, W, c/o Mr Charles W Hau, Tower Hill, IL
Buzanonski Mrs Marion Buzanonski, M, 536 5th St, Menasha. Wisc.
Neitzol Mr Adolph Neitzol, F, 1306 Wolff St, Racine, Wisc.
Winch Mrs Leola E Gibson, M, 3721 W. Villard Ave, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Bach Mrs Linda Bach, M, 8862 Homer St, Detroit, Mich.
Thurston Mrs Tommie C Thurston, W, 404 Back Bay Blvd, Wichita, KS
Comstock Mrs Ellie Mae Comstock, M, 523 W. Sahael St, Compton, CA