His brother, Maximillian H. Gruber, born 15 October 1916, enlisted in the USAAF in San Antonio, Texas, on 8 January 1942 and was honorably discharged 6 March 1945. He died 3 May 1975 in Dallas Co., Texas, and is buried in the Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Irving, Texas.

SSgt Hubert Gruber

SSgt Max Gruber

QUEEN, EMERALD THOMAS, Staff Sergeant, # 34243386, USAAF

 

Emerald T. Queen was born on 6 November 1916 in Joppa, Ohio, to Charles Goff Queen (1889-1989) (West Virginia) and Orpha L. Queen (1891-1973) (West Virginia). Siblings included Eva Myrtle (Queen) Evans (1913-    ) and Excel C. Queen (1914-2006). He graduated from Saint Petersburg High School in 1936. He was married to Mildred K. (Platt) Queen on 10 May 1940, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and she lived at 1926 7th Ave. North, Saint Petersburg, FL. His father was a carpenter.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, residing in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and described himself as 5’10”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Blanding, Florida, on 23 July 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, departed the airfield at Khargpur, India, one of fifty-three B-29s 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. SSgt Gruber was right waist gunner. SSgt Gruber was right waist gunner. SSgt. Queen was the tail 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. 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. 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.