RICHARDSON, WALLACE HENRY, JR., Master Sergeant, # 17021574, USAAF

 

Wallace H. Richardson, Jr., was born on 23 March 1922 in Wyoming to Wallace H. Richardson (1888-1943) (KS) and Lela Curtis (Rogers) Richardson (1887-1960) (TX). Siblings included Mary Benford (Richardson) Miller (1916-1981) (OK), Roger Hornsby Richardson (1918-1989) (OK), Margaret Ruth Richardson (1920-    ) (KS), and Betty James Richardson (1925-    ) (WY).

 

After enlisting he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. 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). The family placed a memorial marker in the Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Oklahoma.

 

His brother, Roger H. Richardson, born in 1918, enlisted in the U.S. Army, a college graduate, on 17 July 1941.

COUTTS, JAMES MOORE, Technical Sergeant, # 16045330, USAAF

 

James M. Coutts was born 3 September 1917 in South Dakota to Dan D. Coutts (1892-1934) and Naomi (Stilson) LaBounty nee Coutts (1896-1988). He had a sister.

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 20 January 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. 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). After recovery from Japan, his remains were buried in the Newaygo Cemetery, Newaygo, Michigan, in 1949.