They arrived at Shihchuon on 3 January 1945. Departed and arrived at A-15 airfield. Took C-47 to Liang Shan. Quartered with 7th Fghter Squadron. On 9 January, Cpl. Peterman arrived with orders for them to go to Wan Yuan on 10 January. Arrived at Tazaoso. Left for Ta Shien 11 January. Chinese Colonel Pan learned of another B-29 crash near Wan Yuan on 7 December 1944. Went to Wan Yuan on 12 January and were told of a B-29 crash on about 11 November 1944. This B-29 was 42-6419 – seven survivors. Left for Lo Wan Pa on 12 January. Magistrate said two crashes were in his area – on 11 November and 7 December 1944. 7 December crash was B-29 42-6307 and the other was B-29 42-6389. A bombardier’s manual was found at crash site. On 13 January, they went to the site of the 42-6307, on the side of a small mountain, difficult to reach. The snow was deep, concealing much of the wreckage. Chinese said there were seven survivors and four killed. The deceased were taken to Wan Yuan and buried. Left the site and walked to Yen Ja Go village. Chinese villagers at the crash of 42-6389 were asked to come to Wan Yuan and bring all recovered articles. On 14 January, party went to Wan Yuan. 15 January spent waiting. On 16 January, 2 Chinese arrived from Chow Jashen, a village about 20 kilometers from crash site. The two were Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen, first to reach crash site and supervised burials. They said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. Bodies were recovered and buried near the wreckage. All were buried in separate graves. No clothes or identification was found. They believed the 11th body was buried by snow. Alswo buried the dead from 42-6307.

 

The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. The loading list included 1stLt Calvin L. Lyons, 1stLt Waldo R. Schneider, 1stLt James W. Smith, 1stLt John A. Bugher, 2ndLt Lawrence Syresma, SSgt Newman Borhart, SSgt Joseph Micchiche, SSgt William R. Jackson, SSgt Sisto A. Algieri, SSgt Laurence A. Fink and SSgt Russell W. Peters.

 

On 17 January, the party was told of another crash about 50 miles east of Wan Yuan, about which they could learn from Colonel Pan. Departed Wan Yuan on 17 January 39 miles to Lo Wan Pa. From reports of crash of B-29, 42-6419, there were missing bodies. The remains of four crewmen buried at crash site – Capt. M.H. Levitch, 0-1699143, 2ndLt J.W. Tucker, 0-741216, Sgt C. Brennan, 13103866 and SSgt Charles W. Tewa, 19145377, who were identified by the survivors. There were five unexploded bombs at the site. Party left and got to Ta Hsien. Col Pan advised them that the aircraft was wreckage of a B-25 which crashed six months previously. Party left for Liang Shan, 103 miles. Drove to USAAF Station A-1. On 22 January, a C-46 flew Cpl. Peterman and Lt. Wo to A-1. Sgt. Brown arrived at A-1 on 29 January.

 

 

Summary: B-29 42-6307 crashed at 2000 hours on 10 November 1944 – 7 survivors and 4 dead, buried at Wan Yuan. Survivors returned to their base on 23 November 1944. B-29 42-6419 crashed at 2145hours on [7 December 1944]. No survivors. Crew buried at crash site. Cause of crash appeared to be no visibility. Mountains reach 5,000 feet AGL. Recommended recovery of bodies in June 1945, after snow/ice thaw, and brought to Wan Yuan for burial.