He heard Capt. Johnson call the lead aircraft and state he was going to have to land at an airfield enroute and refuel. 42-359 stayed in formation as it entered overcast. The aircraft lost visual contact with one another and had to fly IFR. It was in the area of the Tsinglung Range and the Wie Ho River. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. The family placed a memorial marker in the Catholic Cemetery, Cologne, Minnesota. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

SHERMAN, FRANKLIN CARTER, Second Lieutenant, # 0-673820, USAAF

 

Franklin C. Sherman was born on 8 May 1922 in Westfield, Cautauqua Co., New York, to Floyd Leroy Sherman (1892-1964) and Marguerita Clotilda (Carter) Sherman (1893-1978). Siblings included Maxine W. (Sherman) Vance (1915-1997), Annabelle Caroline (Sherman) Wincenciak (1924-2004), and Herbert Donald Sherman (1930-2011). He was married to Iris A. Sherman, 410 Congress St., Denton, Texas.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Buffalo, New York, on 27 December 1941. He was trained as a bombardier for the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force in India then to an advance airfield in China. On 7 December 1944, B-29 Superfortress # 42-6359, “Vixen,” assigned to 20th Air Force at Piardoba, India, 462nd Bomb Group, 770th Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy), departed its forward airfield at Kuinglai, China, on a mission to bomb the aircraft construction and iron works at Mukden, Manchuria (China). Weather conditions were bad and visibility poor, requiring IFR flight rules throughout the mission. At about 0422 hours Zulu, it was last seen near Sianfu, China, low on fuel at last contact. Capt. Harold R. Ebbeler, 0-367116. He reported that his B-29 and 42-6359 was in the same element on the mission. He heard Capt. Johnson call the lead aircraft and state he was going to have to land at an airfield enroute and refuel. 42-359 stayed in formation as it entered overcast. The aircraft lost visual contact with one another and had to fly IFR. It was in the area of the Tsinglung Range and the Wie Ho River. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

WILLIAMS, SMITH LAVERNE, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-557347, USAAF

 

Smith L. Williams, Jr., was born on 13 August 1919 in Hanford, Sacramento Co., California, to Smith LaVerne Williams. No reliable familial information.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’9”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Sacramento, California, on 8 August 1942.

He was trained as an engineer for the B-29 Stratofortress, which training included the mechanical and electrical systems. In flight, he monitored an array of sensors, dials, and swtcheswhich relected the status of oil, fuel, and electrical systems of the B-29. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, then to an advance airfield in China. On 7 December 1944, B-29 Superfortress # 42-6359, “Vixen,” assigned to 20th Air Force at Piardoba, India, 462nd Bomb Group, 770th Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy), departed its forward airfield at Kuinglai, China, on a mission to bomb the aircraft construction and iron works at Mukden, Manchuria (China). Weather conditions were bad and visibility poor, requiring IFR flight rules throughout the mission. At about 0422 hours Zulu, it was last seen near Sianfu, China, low on fuel at last contact. Capt. Harold R. Ebbeler, 0-367116. He reported that his B-29 and 42-6359 was in the same element on the mission.