PLATTENBURG, WILLIAM SWAIN JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-863020, USAAF

 

William S. Plattenburg Jr. was born 22 September 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to William S. Plattenburg (1885-1956) and Elizabeth (Kuehnle) Plattenburg (1890-1991). He was married to Ruth K. Plattenburg, 636 Country Club Lane, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 and described himself as 5’3”, 124 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in October 1942 (enlisted # 33338217). He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas in March 1944. On 5 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6282, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 395th Bomb Squadron, departed on a bombing mission, ran out of fuel, and ditched in the Bay of Bengal short of Chittagong, Burma. Four crewmen died and/or drowned in the crash and two bodies were recovered. He is remembered on the memorial wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

BAKER, CLEO ALVIN, Sergeant, # 37232012, USAAF

 

Cleo A. Baker was born on 7 May 1922 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to Cleveland “Cleve” Alvin Baker (1893-1958) and Ocie Baker (1894-1961). Siblings included Lovina Baker ( , Fay Baker ( , Ilene Baker ( , Hena Baker ( , Glen Baker ( , and Virginia Baker ( .

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 and described himself as 6’1”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was the left waist gunner on the day he died. On 5 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6282, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 395th Bomb Squadron, departed on a bombing mission, ran out of fuel, and ditched in the Bay of Bengal short of Chittagong, Burma. Four crewmen died and/or drowned in the crash and two bodies were recovered. He is remembered on the memorial wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.