He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 while working at the Piedmont Publishing Co., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and described himself as 5’11”, 139 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted his brother, Luther Wade Pegg, of RFD # 3, Winston-Salem, as next of kin. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on 12 June 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He served as left waist gunner on the mission upon which he died. In addition to flying “the Hump,” the 468th Bomb Group B-29 aircraft bombed the enemy in Bangkok, (Siam) Thailand, on 5 June 1944, mined enemy shipping lanes near Saigon (French Indochina – Annam), Vietnam, and bombed enemy targets in Burma, Siam, Annam, Shanghai, China, Formosa (Taiwan) and Japan. The 468th Bomb Group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for its bombing raid on 11 August 1944 of the iron/steel works, Yawata, Japan. B-29 # 42-6362 flew 27 bombing missions before her last before her last on 21 November 1944. B-29, 42-6362, made a heavy-weight take-off at night without landing lights. Airborne, it climbed to about 200 feet, and slowly descended until almost out of sight from the ATC tower. It then made a sudden climbing turn to the left, climed to about 300 feet, then made a diving turn into the ground. It burst into flames when it crashed. The tail gunner was able to escape through his hatch and suffered third degree burns on his scalp and hands. All others were killed. Investigation revealed the B-29 had flown into four trees which were about 35 feet high. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Mount Gur Cemetery, Kernersville, North Carolina, in 1947.

 

His nephew, Richard E. Pegg, born 5 July 1929, served in the U.S. Air Force from 14 November 1949 to 31 October 1977, a twenty-eight year career. In 1993, he lived at 4841 Flying Cloud Way, Carlsbad, San Diego Co., California. In 1958 he married Mary “Molly” Ann Goodwin of Santa Monica, CA. At the time, he was a Captain, assigned to Travis A.F.B., CA. He died 20 September 2009 in Carlsbad, CA.

BROWN RICHARD R., Technical Sergeant, # 14032903, USAAF

 

Richard R. Brown was born on 28 February 1920 in Georgia to Crandall Oliver Brown (1880-1932) and Eunice Attie (Allen) Brown (1893-1991). Siblings included Eugene C. Brown (1926-1992) and Joseph Sidney Brown (1922-2006).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, on 7 November 1940.  He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He served as right waist gunner on the mission upon which he died. In addition to flying “the Hump,” the 468th Bomb Group B-29 aircraft bombed the enemy in Bangkok, (Siam) Thailand, on 5 June 1944, mined enemy shipping lanes near Saigon (French Indochina – Annam), Vietnam, and bombed enemy targets in Burma, Siam, Annam, Shanghai, China, Formosa (Taiwan) and Japan. The 468th Bomb Group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for its bombing raid on 11 August 1944 of the iron/steel works, Yawata, Japan. B-29 # 42-6362 flew 27 bombing missions before her last before her last on 21 November 1944. B-29, 42-6362, made a heavy-weight take-off at night without landing lights. Airborne, it climbed to about 200 feet, and slowly descended until almost out of sight from the ATC tower. It then made a sudden climbing turn to the left, climed to about 300 feet, then made a diving turn into the ground. It burst into flames when it crashed. The tail gunner was able to escape through his hatch and suffered third degree burns on his scalp and hands. All others were killed. Investigation revealed the B-29 had flown into four trees which were about 35 feet high. After recovery in China, his remains were buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia, on 27 October 1947 (Sec. G, Grave 8323-B). The family placed a memorial marker in the Martin Community Cemetery, Martin, Georgia.