HIMADI, DAVID ELLSWORTH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-859844, USAAF
David E. Hamadi was born on 15 November 1915 in Hackensack, Bergen Co., New Jersey, to Daoud “David” A. Himadi (1877-1963) (Syria) and Adelaide Della Elvira (Periale) Himadi (1890-1973) ( Italy) (both naturalized). In 1920 his paternal grandfather, Achmed Himadi (1849- ) lived with them. His parents divorced in 1961. A brother was George Manley Himadi (1920-1979). He lived with his mother and brother in New Jersey before entering the USAAF, His father lived in Los Angeles, California. He attended Ridgewood H.S. then Duke University, from which he graduated in 1940, a member of Kappa Sigma. His favorite quotation was, “In quiet and confidence shall be my strength.” He worked at Wright Aeronautical Corp. in Patterson before enlisting.
He was first sent to Yale University where he studied communications then was commissioned in 1942. He was activated 4 March 1943 and received his officer crewman wings in Boca Raton, Florida. He was trained on the electronics and mechanics of the B-29 Superfortress in Salina, Kansas, then was sent overseas. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6334, “Gertrude C,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Yawata, Japan. It was rammed by a Japanese fighter over Yawata and exploded in mid-air. Lt.Col. Clinkscales was leading a four-ship formation when his B-29 was rammed by an enemy fighter over the target at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, and the B-29 disintegrated in the air. Lt.Col. Humphrey, flying 42-6279 in the # 3 position, said the fighter climbed into the B-29 and impacted so that the fighter’s right wing stayed embedded in 42-6334. The remainder of the fighter catapulted in flames over Lt.Col. Humphrey’s right wing. 42-6334 burst into flames and disintegrated. The unidentifiable remains of crew members were buried in a single-casket group ceremony at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Baker, Castleberry, Clinkscales, Fitzpatrick, Himadi, McHenry, and Richardson) (24 September 1949 – Plot 79, Grave 508). His brother, George M. Himadi, served in the military.