AIKEN, DONALD C., Staff Sergeant, # 19193152, USAAF

 

Donald C. Aiken was born 1922 in Montana to Arthur Bryan Aiken (1896-1976) and Ida R. (Sizelove) Aiken (1909-    ). A sister was Carol Rae (Aiken) Wade (1925-1992). On 31 May 1954, his father married Ila Evelyn Fagan (1909-    ) (both previously divorced). On 14 September 1943, his mother married Eulie B. Crowder in King Co., Washington. In 1940, Ida, Donald and Carol lived on Lake Stevens Road, South Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Washington.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Tacoma, Washington, on 5 December 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On 26 June 1944, a B-29, #42-6323, nicknamed “Eileen,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, crashed on takeoff from the airfield at Chabua, India. The aircraft was a total loss and all of the crew were killed. Some were deemed “killed during an operational flight.” Insufficient identifiable remains were recovered from the crash of the B-29 to deem him killed in action, which resulted in him being deemed, missing in action. Like the remainder of his crew, he was killed in the crash. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His father, Arthur B. Aiken, born 16 September 1896 in Helena, Montana, served in the U.S. Army during WW I, a Private, starting 9 May 1918 to 18 February 1919. He died 18 December 1976 and is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Oregon (Sec. A, Grave 3137).

JENNINGS, CHESTER AMOS, Sergeant, # 39037379, USAAF

 

Chester A. Jennings was born 12 January 1923 in Oklahoma to Paul Richard Jennings (1896-1975) and Tennessee “Tennie” (Sloan) Jennings (1900-1926). A sibling was Lavonia “Bonnie” Jennings (1921-1999) and another sister. He completed a year of college. His father married Ollie Edith (Walker) Jennings (1905-    ). He was married to Mrs Geraldine Jennings, 640 S. 17th St, Richmond, California.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 19 January 1943. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On 26 June 1944, a B-29, #42-6323, nicknamed “Eileen,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, crashed on takeoff from the airfield at Chabua, India. The aircraft was a total loss and all of the crew were killed. Some were deemed “killed during an operational flight.” Once the crew remains were recovered, they were buried in the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India. After recovery from the airfield cemetery in India, his family had his remains buried in the Ethel Reece Cemetery, Avant, Osage Co., Oklahoma.