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). A memorial of WW II and Korean War local citizen war dead is in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort, Ohio.
His brother, William D. Abernathy, born 23 October 1927, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He died 6 May 2005 and is buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery.
BETZ, HOWARD ARTHUR, Second Lieutenant, # 0-685426, USAAF
Howard A. Betz was born on 14 November 1920 in Ludlow, Kentucky, to Richard Leo Betz (1893-1976) (KY) and Sarah M. (Baird) Betz (1899-1988) (PA). His siblings were Richard I. Betz (1918-2002), Donald William Betz (1926-2006), Mary Margaret Betz (1923-1923) and an infant Betz (1929-1929).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Lexington, Kentucky, on 29 May 1942. He was trained as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress and completed his training in class 43-10 at Midland Field, Midland, Texas, and B-29 Superfortress training at Pratt Field, Pratt, Kansas. He earned his commission and 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. The family honored him in a memorial in 1949 in the Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kenton Co., Kentucky.
His brother, Richard Irvin Betz, born 27 August 1918, served in the U.S. Navy from 20 March 1942 to 5 September 1945. He was married to Helen (Price) Betz (1920-1993). He was a graduate of Transylvania College, 1939, Lexington, Kentucky. He died 18 September 2002 and is buried in the Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington, Kentucky.
His brother, Donald W. Betz, served in the U.S. Marine Corps (# 1093630), and went through basic training (Third Recruit Training Battalion) at Parris Island, South Carolina. He died in 2006 and is buried in the Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan.