BELL, GEORGE WILFRED, Technical Sergeant, # 15070091, USAAF

 

George W. Bell was born 23 June 1920 in Milton, Cabell Co., West Virginia, to Claude E. Bell (1883-1968) and Julia Maude (McComas) Bell (1887-1981) (married 26 January 1905). He had a brother, John Floyd Bell (1908-2003). He completed a year of college.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, employed by E.I. Dupont, and described himself as 5’9”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 5 September, 1941, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on th 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 Ridgelawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1949.

BROUILLARD, PAUL STANLEY, Staff Sergeant, # 17156994, USAAF

 

Paul S. Brouillard was born on 21 November 1923 in Minnesota to Leo Brouillard (1889-1959) and Agnes M. Brouillard (1892-1976). Siblings included Dorothy Marie (Brouillard) Torsen (1926-2016).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, working for the Findley Distributing Co., and described himself as 6’1”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in the USAAF, on 2 December 1942. He trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on th B-29 Superfortress.