He was a West Point graduate in 1939, earning his commission and by the 1940 census, a USAAF pilot in the San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, area where he rented a home with three other USAAF pilots. He was rated as a multi-engine aircraft pilot. He was selected for training as a pilot of a B-29 Superfortress and eventually sent overseas to the C.B.I. theater of war against the Japanese. On 14 October 1944, a B-29, # 42-6280, “Klank-Klank,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Dudhkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678h Bomb Squadron, with Lt.Col. Boss as the co-pilot, departed Kwanghang, China, on a bombing mission to Okayma, Taiwan, and was “lost due to unknown reasons.” All died in the crash of the B-29 Superfortress. 42-6280 was believed to have been seen when the formation was coming together at Sui-Ning (30-29 N – 105-36 E) at about 0700. The formation entered an overcast and 42-6280 was not seen again. B-29, 42-6202 landed at Liangshan, believes he heard 42-6280 calling Liangshan when 42-6202 was circling Liangshan before landing at about 1600. His remains, with the unidentifiable remains of the crew, were recovered from China and all were buried in a two-casket group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Site 426 C & D). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

AULT, KENNETH DALE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-682275, USAAF

 

Kenneth D. Ault was born on 9 January 1915 in Nebraska, to Ashley Orrin Ault (1879-1945) (Antioch, OH) and Anna Louise (Wolff) Ault (1885-1975) (NE) (parents from Germany). Siblings included Bernice M. (Ault) Blomquist (1905-2001), Lorene Mary (Ault) Cummins (1909-1996), Gerald Wayne Ault (1912-2006), Frank A. Ault (1927-    ) (GA), and Mabel A. Ault (1919-    ) (GA). In 1910, Anna’s mother, Mary Wolff (1857-    ) (widowed) lived with them in Eight Mile Grove, NE. In 1920 and 1930, his father was a retail merchant. In 1920, the family lived in Eight Mile Grove, Cass, Nebraska. In 1936, he was a graduate of Peru State Teachers College, Peru, NE (member of the Alpha Erudito Scholarship Club). On 15 July 1943, he married Jeanne Myrle Carter, in Tucson, Pima Co., Arizona. In 1940, Mary Wolff, age 83, still lived in Eight Mile Grove, NE, in a home she owned.

 

After enlisting, he was trained as a navigator for the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. On 14 October 1944, a B-29, # 42-6280, “Klank-Klank,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Dudhkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678h Bomb Squadron, with Lt.Col. Boss as the co-pilot, departed Kwanghang, China, on a bombing mission to Okayma, Taiwan, and was “lost due to unknown reasons.” All died in the crash of the B-29 Superfortress. 42-6280 was believed to have been seen when the formation was coming together at Sui-Ning (30-29 N – 105-36 E) at about 0700. The formation entered an overcast and 42-6280 was not seen again. B-29, 42-6202 landed at Liangshan, believes he heard 42-6280 calling Liangshan when 42-6202 was circling Liangshan before landing at about 1600. His remains, with the unidentifiable remains of the crew, were recovered from China and all were buried in a two-casket group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Site 426 C & D). He was awarded the Purple Heart.