ANGEVINE, BYRON EDWARD, Sergeant, # 16110643, USAAF

 

Byron E. Angevine was born 26 July 1924 in Resort, Emmet Co., Michigan, to Curtis J. Angevine (1869-    ) and Gladys E. (Benson) Angevine (1888-    ). Siblings included Mildred E. (Angevine) Clemens (1903-2002), Hazel M. (Angevine) Brosofke (1906-1992), John Kenneth Angevine (1911-1995), and Edith E. (Angevine) Werden (1918-1942), Ralph Angevine. He attended Washington Gardner High School, Albion, Michigan, and was the Vice President of the Hi-Y Club, created to be a character-building group, instilling the principles of clean living, speech and athletics. His quotation was, “Thought is the soul of act.” He was also known for these activities: Class Prophecy, Class Teasurer, Thalian Club, Operetta, Athletic Board, and the Honor Banquet.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 24 September 1942. He was selected for and trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on the B-29 Superfotress and he was the designated left waist gunner on the day he died. 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 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).

LACY, THOMAS WELDON, Technical Sergeant, # 18013657, USAAF

 

Thomas W. Lacy was born on 3 May 1920 in Bishop, Nueces Co., Texas, to Thomas Troy Lacy (1892-1966) and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Weldon (Pierson) Lacy (1895-1989). Siblings included Doris Evelyn (Lacy) Gerrard (1922-2015), Wanda Elizabeth (Lacy) Etheredge (1924-2004), and Charles Lucian Lacy (1928-2000). In 1930 his paternal grandmother, Laura Weldon Pierson (1860-1947), widowed, lived with them.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, and described himself as 5’10”, 155 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on 1 November 1940. He was selected for and trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on the B-29 Superfotress and he was the designated left waist gunner on the day he died. 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.