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 Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Los Angeles Co., California. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

LICHARD, LEONARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-863015, USAAF

 

Leonard Lichard was born on 8 December 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to John Eloneedas Lichard (originally Litsardakis) (1878-    ) (Piraeus, Athens, Greece – immigrated 1900 – naturalized) and Elsie (Michaels) Lichard (1891-1983) (IL) (married 25 November 1912, Chicago, IL). Siblings included Nina Lichard (1915-    ), Helen (Lichard) Ingo (1917-2004), Andew John Lichard (1923-    ), Betsy “Bessie” (Lichard) Harmantas (1925-2002), David Lichard (1927-    ). His father owned a restaurant in 1930. 

 

After enlisting he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. 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. 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.

JONES, JOHN FRANCIS, Sergeant, # 12170327, USAAF

 

John F. Jones was born on 9 February 1924 in Glens Falls, New York, to Ellsworth Joseph Jones (1888-1971) (West Paulett, VT) and Katherine F. (Keays) Jones (1884-1953) (NY) (married 28 June 1911, Washington Co., NY). Siblings included Katherine (Jones) Schnitzline (1912-    ), Mary Louise (Jones) Ireland (1914-    ), Eleanor Jones (1916-1922), Ellsworth J. Jones Jr. (1918-2006).