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. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His father, John Miller, born in 1892, served in the New York National Guard, Medical Corps, Captain, commissioned 22 October 1920, assigned to 3rd Ambulance Company, to 17 February 1921. Reactivated 4 April 1921 to 29 March 1922, assigned to 3rd Ambulance Headquarters, Medical Sup. Section, resigned 17 November 1924. Reactivated 31 March 1926 to 27 October 1926, 102nd Medical Regiment, Adjutant, Battalion Headquarters. Persons descended from John Miller eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution for those descended from Conrad Overhizer, woodcutter, born 29 April 1754, Fishkill, NY, served as Private.
Ward Miller, Yale University
WESTBROOK, BUSTER, Staff Segeant, # 38293607, USAAF
Buster Westbrook was born on 9 February 1922 in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Charles H. Westbrook (1893-1977) and Mattie Irene (Hughes) Westbrook (1898-1988). Siblings included Billie Jean (Westbrook) Schoonover (1927-2003) and Phyllis Westbrook (1938- ).
He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 while working for Buford Bracy Construction and described himself as 5’ 10 ½”, 150 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 19 October 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. On 4 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-6370, “Lethal Lady,” assigned to 20th Air Force, the 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, one of fifty-three B-29s, departed the airfield at Khargpur, India, on a bombing mission to Singapore Naval Base. 1stLt Eigler was the co-pilot. 1stLt Peterson was the radar operator. Sgt. Glibbon was the radio operator. SSgt. Westbrook was left waist gunner. The B-29 was returning to its base when it crashed into the Bay of Bengal (MACR 9577). 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.