JAMES, JOHN R., Second Lieutenant, # 0-74357, USAAF

 

John R. James was trained as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress and completed his training 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. Since radar of that early era was rarely used for guidance, 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).

KANTLEHNER, HARVEY L., Flight Officer, # T-192561, USAAF

 

Harvey L. Kantlehner was born on 22 February 1919 in Jefferson Co., Kentucky, to Fred C. Kantlehner (1876-1947) and Rosa “Rose” Theresa (Plappert) Kantlehner (1888-1942). Siblings included Helen M. Kantlehner (1906-    ) and Fred Henry Kantlehner (1914-1977).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Louisville, Kentucky, on 12 June 1942. He was trained extensively in the maintenance and function of the mechanical and electrical systems on the B-29 Superfortress, including the in-flight array of dials, sensors and switches used to keep the B-29 flying. He earned his 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. Since radar of that early era was unsuitable for navigation, 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).

WAGNER, ROY E., Staff Sergeant, # 36320968, USAAF

 

Roy E. Wagner was born 1915 in Chicago, IL, to Ferdinand “Fred” Wagner (1886-    ) and Caroline (Freislinger) Wagner (1887-1973) (both born in Austria - Ferdinand emigrated 1906 – naturalized; Caroline emigrated 1903 – naturalized). Siblings included Fred H. Wagner (1922-    ), was a baker. In 1920 his father owned a bakery. In 1930, Caroline’s brother, a baker, Joseph Freislinger (1889-    ) (emigrated 1907 – naturalized) lived with them.