He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 while working for the Ely-Walker Dry Goods Company. He described himself as 6’, 146 lbs, with black air and brown eyes. He enlisted in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on 3 July 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 tail 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. Young 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. His remains were recovered from the Japan area and were buried in the Jonesburg Cemetery, Jonesburg, Missouri, in 1952. He was awarded the Purple Heart and his unit the Presidential Unit Citation.

CHARD, GORDON EDWARD, Sergeant, # 16175948, USAAF

 

Gordon E. Chard was born on 15 November 1923 in Canada to William “Willie” Chard (1890-    ) (England) and Marguerite (Clark) Chard (1895-    ) (Nottingham, England) (emigrated from Windsor, Canada, 1921). Siblings included Hannah Jean Chard (1922-    ) (Canada).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 9 December 1942. He was trained in the function and operation of the radar aboard a B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman 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.