EDINGTON, DENVER PARIS, Staff Sergeant, #  , USAAF

 

Denver P. Edngton was born on 19 May 1914 in Ohio to Paris M. Edington (1891-1968) and Mary Belle Edington (1894-1965). Siblings included Geneva K. (Edington) Gates (1916-1973(..

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, on 30 January 1941 and was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machine guns on the B-29 Superfortress. It is believed he was a waist gunner on this last flight. 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 crew was killed except for one survivor, SSgt. Belford. The unit earned the Distinguished Unit Citation (ribbon) for the Yawata raid. His remains were recovered from China and buried in the Rush Township Burial Park, Rushtown, Ohio.