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, he was buried in the Grandville Cemetery, Grandville, Michigan.
SCHNEIDER, WALDO B., First Lieutenant, # 0-1013158, USAAF
Waldo B. Schneider was born on 6 December 1918 in Mahattan, Riley Co., Kansas, to George W. Schneider (1893-1974) (NE) and Helen Juanita (Carey) Schneider (1898-1991) (IA). Siblings included Raymond Clinton Schneider (1920-1999) (NY), Esta W. Schneider (1922- ) (NC), George William Schneider (1923-2007) (KS), Elizabeth Josephine Schneider (1925-2004) (KS), and Mary L. Schneider (1928- ) (KS). He was married to Eva V. Schneider, 715 Fremont St, Manhattan, Kansas.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, Infantry, and was a Corporal, in Peoria, Illinois, until he was selected to serve in the USAAF beginning 5 March 1941. He was trained as a navigator for the B-29 Superfortress. 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.