SLATTERY, JAMES ARTHUR, JR., Captain, # 0-663574, USAAF

 

James A. Slattery, Jr., was born on 26 September 1918 in Houston, Harris Co., Texas, to James A. Slattery (1890-1968) (SC) and Mathilda “Tillie” Frances (Daab) Slattery (1892-1986) (MO). Siblings included Mary Francis Slattery (1912-1975), Virginia Margaret (Slattery) Collins (1915-1988)

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Houston, Texas, on 15 January 1942. He was selected after basic flight training to be trained to pilot the new B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6301, “Wayupinthere,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Chakulia, India, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission to the aircraft assembly plants at Yuwata, Japan. A crash was reported 45 miles south of Kunlien, China. A plane had crashed and burned at roughly 170 miles south of Hsinching, China, at about 2200 on 20 August 1944 and was identified as 42-6301. All crew members were killed. Eleven bodies were found and buried in separate graves by the Chinese. Last contact was by radar over Yellow River. It was believed they ran out of fuel. His remains were recovered from China, buried in the National cemetery in Hawaii then moved to the U.S. mainland for burial. His remains were indistinguishable from other crewmen and they were buried in a single-casket group burial in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 17 May 1949 (Sec. E, sites 66-68).

ABERNATHY, JAMES RHESA, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-807574, USAAF

 

James R. Abernathy, Jr., was born on 10 August 1918 in Concord, Ross Co., Ohio, to James R. Abernathy (1867-1943) and Elizabeth J. (Fisher) Abernathy (1892-1964). Siblings included Barbara Fisher (Abernathy) Wilhite (1922-    ), William David Abernathy (1927-2005), Nancy S. Johnson (1930-2016). On 7 August 1943 he married Mary Ellen Dawson (1922-    ), by the U.S. Army Chaplain, 1st.Lt. J.K. Jung, Columbus, Ohio.

 

He enlisted in the USSAF in 1941 in Ohio. He was selected after basic flight training to be trained to pilot the new B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6301, “Wayupinthere,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Chakulia, India, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission to the aircraft assembly plants at Yuwata, Japan.