He registered for the WW II draft in 1940, residing in Socorro, New Mexico, and described himself as 6’1”, 185 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Denver, Colorado, on 9 July 1942. He competed basic and advanced flight training for the B-29 Superfortress and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen 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. 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. After recovery of his remains from China, 1stLt Lyons was buried in the Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore, Wood Co., Ohio.

SYBESMA, LAWRENCE S., Second Lieutenant, # 0-825327, USAAF

 

Lawence S. Sybesma was born on 19 My 1923 in Michigan to Egbert “Bert” Sybesma (1905-1980) and Cornelia (Rozema) Sybesma (1904-1980). Siblings included Pauline (Sybesma) Haveman (1926-2014), Bernice Jean Sybesma (1929-    ), and Ella Mae (Sybesma) Johnson (1931-    ). His father worked as a machinist in an auto repair shop. On 19 April 1944 he married Ruth Lorraine Greinke in Highlands, Florida, and after he left or overseas, she resided at 35 Maplelawn SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 27 January 1942. He competed basic and advanced flight training for the B-29 Superfortress and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria. 2ndLt Sybesma was the co-pilot. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen 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.