WINE, JAMES “JIMMIE” V., First Lieutenant, # 0-750751, USAAF
Jimmie Wine was born on 18 July 1921 in Monitor, Chelan Co., Washington to Virgil W. Wine (1885-1957) (IN) and Ella Grace Wine (1887-1975). A sibling was Mary Elizabeth (Wine) Baird (1919-2016).
After enlisting, he earned his commission and wings after flight school and was multi-engine aircraft rated. He went on to extensive flight training in the B-29 Superfortress. When his crew was assembled, they flew the B-29 to India and then to an advance airfield in China. From there they flew missions in China and over Japan. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6368, “Calamity Sue,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the iron and steel works at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, from 26,000 feet altitude. It was last sighted over the target and had been struck by parts of an enemy fighter. B-29 42-6368 was flying in # 4 position of a four-ship diamond formation. Lead B-29, 42-6334, was struck head-on by an enemy fighter and exploded. A piece of the wreckage struck the tail (vertical stabilizer) of 42-6368, separating it. 42-6368 was last seen in a spin over the target (MACR 9685). TSgt Dansby wrote that there was a report of six parachutes from 42-6368. Dansby bailed out at about 3,000 feet. He believed that the others who were able to bail out included Newman (at about 14,000 feet) and Shott (at about 20,000 feet). Capt. Dexter C. Dean of the squadron informed reporter of this. Three were in the POW prison camp in Japan. Dansby was kept in solitary confinement for four months then was sent to the Tokyo Omari POW prison camp. Col. Carmichael Richard was brought to the POW prison later. When the war ended, there were about 150 B-29 crewmen who were in the Omari prison camp. 1stLt Wine parachuted safely and escaped into mountains. On 31 August 1944, he approached the enemy Ashiya airfield. He defended himself with his pistol but, the enemy shot him. He died on 31 August 1944, eleven days after the B-29 was downed. His remains are buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. C, Grave 337). He was awarded the Purple Heart.
NEWMAN, IRVING SIDNEY, First Lieutenant, # 0-686122, USAAF
Irving S. Newman was born on 31 March 1921 in Massachusetts to Harry Newman (1885-1977) and Eva (Freiling) Newman (both born in Austria/Romania). Siblings included Samuel Walter Newman (1913-2007), Esther/Estelle B. (Newman) Janofsky (1918-2010), Annie Newman, and Emmanuel J. Newman (1926-2000).
After training as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress, he was assigned to 20th Air Force, India, and sent to an advance airfield in China. From there they flew missions in China and over Japan. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6368, “Calamity Sue,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the iron and steel works at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, from 26,000 feet altitude.