BEMISH, LOUIS JOHN, First Lieutenant, # 0-856412, USAAF

 

Louis J. Bemish was born on 27 January 1918 in Rochester, Monroe, New York, to Frank Roderick Bemish (1881-1948) and Clara Marie (Slater) Bemish (1892-1958). Siblings included Mary Elizabeth (Bemish) Wegman (1920-1981). He graduated from the Aquinas Institute (H.S.) and the University of Notre Dame. He was married to Mary Elizabeth (Crowley) Bemish, 94 Brunswick St, Rochester, Monroe, New York.

 

His unit was federally activated from the U.S. Army National Guard Coast Artillery Corps on 10 February 1941. He was trained as a flight engineer for the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. On 14 October 1944, a B-29, # 42-680, “Klank-Klank,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Dudhkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678h Bomb Squadron, 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.

SHIELDS, SAMUEL JAMES, Second Lieutenant, # 0-738794, USAAF

 

Samuel J. Shields was born on 7 April 1921 (# 23295) in Houston, Harris Co., Texas, to John Shields (1892-1958) (Scotland) (brick layer and mason) and Jean (Buddie) Shields (1892-1985) (Scotland). A sister was Lily Smiley Shields (1918-1983). In 1921, the family lived at 2515 Keene St., Houston, TX. In 1942, the family lived at 3828 Weems St, Houston, Texas.

 

He completed training as a bombardier for the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings on 13 February 1943. On 14 October 1944, a B-29, # 42-680, “Klank-Klank,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Dudhkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678h Bomb Squadron, 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.

Louis Bemish