His remains were recovered from China and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on 24 January 1949 (Sec. A, Grave 407). The family placed a memorial marker in the Hillside Cemetery, Middletown, Orange Co., New York. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

FORHAN, JOHN FRANCIS, First Lieutenant, # 0-743580, USAAF

 

John F. Forhan was born on 28 May 1922 in Ohio to Thomas Leo Forhan (1885-1962) and Florence Marie (Winn) Forhan (1890-1964). A sibling was Thomas R. Forhan (1912-1967)

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Ohio on 27 March 1942. He completed training and earned his commission and wings. On 29 July 1944, a B-29, # 42-6351, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission. The last known location of the B-29 was three miles southeast of Heinching. The # 4 engine had to be feathered. As they lowered the landing gear, the # 3 engine quit, thus it crashed on its emergency landing approach made shortly after departure. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, in 1949.

His brother, Thomas R. Forhan, born in 1912, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Those descended from Florance Marie Winn may be eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.

BAETJER, EDWIN GEORGE, II, Second Lieutenant, # 0-864897, USAAF

 

Edwin George Baetjer, II, was born on 6 July 1921 in Garrison, Maryland, to Harry Norman Baetjer (1882-1969) and Katharine Bailey (Bruce) Baetjer (1881-1923). Siblings included Harry Norman Baetjer Jr. (1916-2001), Edward Bruce Baetjer (1917-1975), and Howard Baetjer (1919-1992). His father was an attorney at law.

 

He registered for the WW II draft while a student at Princeton University and described himself as 5’10”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he completed training and earned his commission and wings. On 29 July 1944, a B-29, # 42-6351, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission. The last known location of the B-29 was three miles southeast of Heinching. The # 4 engine had to be feathered. As they lowered the landing gear, the # 3 engine quit, thus it crashed on its emergency landing approach made shortly after departure. His remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 3 February 1949 (Sec C, Grave 784).

SHEAD, LELDON, Technical Sergeant, # 18042053, USAAF

 

Leldon Shead was born on 16 March 1922 in Texas to Walter Wilson Shead (1894-1978) and Edna G. (Waller) Walker nee Shead (1897-1982). A brother was Lee Hugh Shead (1924-2015). In 1930, while living in Anderson, Grimes Co., Texas, living with them was his maternal grandmother, Lee Waller (1877-    ) (divorced).