OVIAL, SPIRITO C., Second Lieutenant, # 0-684656, USAAF

 

Spirito Charles Ovial was born on 10 October 1920 in Turin, Italy, to John (Giovanni) Ovial and Margaret Ovial (Margharite Occhiena). He and his parents departed Genoa, Italy, on 20 January 1921, on the S.S. Guiseppe Verdi and on 3 February 1921 arrived at New York, New York.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 while living at 710 Park St., California, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, noting that he was a student at California State College, California, Pennsylvania. He described himself as 5’10”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted 21 October 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his training as a B-29 Superfortress bombardiet and earned his commission and wings before 10 April 1944. He was selected for training as a bombardier 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.

HEINS, EARL, First Lieutenant, # 0-861307, USAAF

 

Earl Heins was born on 4 January 1918 in Pennsylvania to Charles Heins Jr. (1895-1971) and Helen May (Yos) Heins (1899-1984). He was a graduate of Lambertville High School. He graduated from LeHigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He married Elizabeth Bernice Oblinger (1917-2006).

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940, describing himself as 5’11”, 230 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted 10 September 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. He was selected for USAAF training as a flight engineer for the B-29 Superfortress, which required him to have an extensive knowledge of the mechanical and electrical systems as well as the in-flight ability to monitor an array of gauges and meters aboard the B-29. 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.