SHERIDAN, VINCENT W., Staff Sergeant, # 32450753, USAAF
Vincent W. Sheridan was born on 7 January 1913 in Passaic Co., New Jersey to Jeffrey J. Sheridan (1880- ) and Margaret M. (Walsh) Sheridan (1881- ) (both born in Ireland). Siblings included Mary Sheridan (1903- ), John Sheridan (1905- ), Jeffrey J. Sheridan Jr. (1907- ), Joseph Sheridan (1908- ), Francis Sheridan (1910- ), Margaret Agnes (Sheridan) Palumbo (1911-1991), Bernard Sheridan (1917- ), Alfred Sheridan (1919- ). He was married to Marie D. Sheridan, 242 Kerrigan Blvd, Newark, New Jersey (a/o 1951). Familial data is unverified.
He enlisted in Newark, New Jersey, on 22 July and was activated 5 August 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machigunes on the B-29 Superfortress and earend his crewman wings. He was the left waist gunner the day he died. 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. However, SSgt. Sheridan was able to parachute or was thrown clear of the aircraft or a section of the aircraft crashed onto an island, before it was lost. He died that same day. His remains were recovered from the Japan area and temporarily buried in the mausoleum at the Manila American Memorial Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. His recovered remains were buried in the Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington Co., New Jersey, on 4 May 1951 (Sec. K, Grave 741).