PEACOCK, GEORGE M., Sergeant, # 16086732, USAAF

 

George M. Peacock was born 1922 in Michigan to Otis Anton Peacock (1891-1961) and Frances A. (Garvin) Peacock (1893-1983). Siblings included Margaret Viola Peacock (1913-2007), Thomas Peacock (1915-1996), John Bouton Peacock (1917-2006), Louise A. Peacock (1923-2011), and (Infant) Peacock (26 December 1925). Living with them in 1920 was paternal grandfather Ebeneezer Peacock (1846-1927) (widower of Ina May (Bates) Peacock (1866-1903. Living with them in 1940 was a first cousin, Richard C. Peacock (1915-2011). In 1942 the family lived at 1516 Gull St., North Kalamzoo, Michigan.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on 13 October 1942. 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. Sgt. Peacock was the right waist 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. The family memorialized him on his parents’ marker in the Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John B. Peacock, born on 26 December 1917, enlisted in the U.S. Army 27 May 1941. He died in 2006 and is buried in the Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park South, Kalamazoo, Michigan (Sec. D).

 

His first cousin, Richard C. Peacock, born 16 September 1915, enlisted in the USAAF on 7 October 1941. He died 10 April 2011 and is buried in the Wyllys Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan.

DIORIO, ROLAND C., Sergeant, # 32624821, USAAF

 

Roland C. Diorio was born 1922 in New York City, New York, to Alexander (Alessandro) Albino Diorio (1882-1969) (Castelluccio di Galdo, Salerno, Italy) and Elisa (Sabella) Diorio (1889-1978) (same) (married 18 July 1907, NY). Siblings included Rosa Diorio (1909-1970), Teresa Diorio (1911-1912), Florence “Flora” K. Diorio (1912-1972), Pasquale Claude Diorio (1917-1978). In 1944 the family lived at 2114 Glebe Ave., Bronx, New York, New York.

 

He enlisted and 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. Sgt. Peacock was the right waist gunner.