The pilot of B-29, # 42-6582, of the 40th Bomb Group, saw the crash. SSgt Albert G. Seekatz, 37494507, had the last radio contact. Searches for the wreckage and any survivors were conducted by four aircraft and one Catalina aircraft, sweep searching the area of the crash. No crewmen were found. Airmen in B-29, 42-6582, 40th Bomb Group, at 2030 Zulu, saw a B-29 explode and crash into the Bay of Bengal at 11º 17’ N - 94º 14’ E, near the Andaman Islands. On this B-29s return trip from the mission, saw red and green flares. SSgt Seekatz, radio operator aboard B-29 42-6397, received an “Urgent” call from 42- 6370 at 2030 Zulu but no following message was sent. Another B-29 crew, returning from the same mission, saw a yellow life raft with either a mast or a man standing slightly north of the noted bearing. The entire Bomber Command (20th AF) and units of the British Navy conducted a thorough search of the area for several hundred miles around the wreckage location. The search lasted several days. Nothing was found. He is remembered on the memorial wall in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Roy M. Johnson, born 18 December 1916, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 6 July 1956 yo 31 August 1961. He died 6 November 1990 in San Diego, California.

 

His brother, Ray J. Johnson, born 11 August 1917, served in the U.S. Marine Corps (service # 938229), first at basic training in 1944; Private, Engineer Battalion, Training Regiment, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1944; PFC, Hqs Battalion, 3rd Casual Co., Camp Lejeune, NC, 1944; PFC, 1st Engineer Battalion, Company B, 1945, MOS 533, Demolition. He died 6 January 1994 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

His brother, Johnny Franklin Johnson, born 2 June 1924, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, WW II and Korea, and in the U.S. Air Force from 21 May 1957 to 31 August 1962. He died 12 July 2005 and is buried in the Wellston Cemetery, Wellston, Lincoln Co., Oklahoma.

USAAF Official Photo; Capt. Benjamin B. Klose (right), Capt. Lynn J. Hewitt (left) and Capt. Harve N. Johnson (middle), old classmates