The B-29 crashed into a cliff near its base in China after the mission and eleven of the twelve-man crew was killed. The unit earned the Distinguished Unit Citation (ribbon) for the Yawata raid. His remains were recovered from the grave in China and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 3 February 1949 (Sec. A, Grave 785). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SILVERMAN, STEPHEN ISRAEL, Captain, # 0-429312, USAAF

 

Stephen I. Silverman was born 1917 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Need assistance with familial information, please. I want to honor this hero well. He graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. He played baseball and football and was a member of Alpha Esilon Pi (Phi Chapter – chapter reporter) while attending Massachusetts State College, from which he graduated in 1938 with a major of Social Sciences. He was recorded as a Jewish serviceman. He had a sister, Anna (Silverman) Felz, 67 Waverley Ave., Newton, Massachusetts.

 

Having completed four years of college, he enlisted n the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, as an aviation cadet on 27 November 1940. He was selected for training as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent to 20th Air Force and was serving as navigator on the lost B-29. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6330, “Fickle Finger of Fate” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 676th Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy), departed Kwanghan, China, for a bombing mission against the target of the iron works in Yawata, Japan. The B-29 crashed into a cliff near its base in China after the mission and eleven of the twelve-man crew was killed. The unit earned the Distinguished Unit Citation (ribbon) for the Yawata raid. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

PEERMAN, ROY WENDELL, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-670232, USAAF

 

Roy W. Peerman, Jr., was born on 16 July 1921 in Indiana to Roy W. Peerman (1900-1983) (IN) and Emily (Duncan) Peerman (1899-1985) (IN). Siblings included Charlotte Louise (Peerman) Brown (1920-1971) and Emily Grace Peerman (1925-2001).

 

He registered for the WW II draft 15 February 1942 in Tampa, FL, working for Sparrow Lumber, and described himself as 5’9”, 155 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at MacDill Field, Florida (now MacDill AFB), on 9 March 1942. He was trained as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress and sent to India where he was sent to China. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6330, “Fickle Finger of Fate” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 676th Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy), departed Kwanghan, China, for a bombing mission against the target of the iron works in Yawata, Japan.