He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his crewman 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. The family placed a memorial marker in the Saint Marys Cemetery, South Glens Falls, New York (Sec. S). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Ellsworth J. Jones, born 6 January 1918, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on 15 October 1940 (105th Infantry Regiment, Co. L) in Saratoga Springs, NY, then was activated and was honorably discharged 7 December 1945 as First Lieutenant. He re-enlisted on 30 October 1950 and was honorably discharged 22 August 1952. He died on 31 December 2006.

Ellsworth J. Jones

CORTON, GEORGE F., Sergeant, # 15130428, USAAF

 

George F. Corton (III) was born on 1 May 1921 in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, to Frank George Corton Jr. (1896-2001) and Veronica E. (Kubrna) Corton (1899-    ) (29 May 1919, OH). A sister was Lavern W. Corton (1924-    ). In 1918 Frank G. Corton Jr. lived at 3607 East 108th, Cleveland, Ohio. In 1942 the family lived at 10200 Edgepark Drive, Garfield Heights, Ohio.

 

He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his crewman 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). Sgt. Corton was the senior gunner. 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.