EGGERS, EMSLEY MORRIS, First Lieutenant, # 0-735182, USAAF

 

Emsley M. Eggers was born on 6 December 1915 in Vilas, Watauga, North Carolina to Stacy Clyde Eggers (1890-1976) and Nora Margaret (Wora” (South) Eggers (1889-1985). Siblings included Laura Eggers (1914-1914), Bula Jean Eggers (1918-1924), Suzy Christine Eggers (1921-2011), Margaret Ruth Eggers (1927-2014), and a brother. He graduated from the Appalachian State Teachers College in 1937. He was married to Mildred Wright, Gibson, North Carolina

 

He registered for the WW II drafton 16 October 1940, noting his father’s address as Box 248, Boone, North Carolina. He described himself as 6’3”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Charlott, North Carolina, on 30 March 1942 and noted he had a four year degree and was a teacher. He was selected for training as a navigator and was further selected for the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. On 21 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-6278, “Acid Test,” of the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bomb Group, 770th Bomb Squadron, Piardoba, India, departed the airfield at Kulainglai, China, on a bombing mission to Omura, Japan. It was fired upon by enemy aircraft over the target aircraft assembly plant at Omura, Japan, at about 0802 hours. Capt. Abranovic reported that they had just left the target and were making a right turn when a B-29 was reported spinning to the ground from an altitude of about 22,000 feet. Lt.Col. Sullivan reported that B-29 #278 was out of control and entered a spin after a fighter attack over Omura, Japan, and that it passed under his B-29. Capt. Johnson reported that an enemy fighter attacked and #278 went out of control, turning to the left and nearly colliding with # 389. He saw the B-29 to their left going down in a vertical spin to the right. His gunners reported the B-29 still spinning at about 5,000 feet below them before sight of it was lost. No parachutes were seen. He and his crew are remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and on the Tablets of the Missing, Hawaii.