42-6389

 

On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, 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. The crew were:

 

                                               Pilot                             1stLt Calvin L. Lyons                           0-751168

                                               Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Lawrence Sybesma                    0-825327

                                               Navigator                    1stLt Waldo B. Schneider                     0-1013158

                                               Bombardier                  1stLt John A. Bucher                           0-739399

                                               Engineer                      1stLt James W. Smith                           0-748040

                                               Radar                           SSgt Neuman A. Bodart                       36271155

                                               Radio                           SSgt Joseph Micciche                          12154715

                                               Senior Gunner             SSgt William B. Jackson                      11072514

                                               Right Gunner               SSgt Sisto A. Aldieri                            11095336

                                               Left Gunner                 SSgt LaVern A. Fink                            37439735

                                              Tail Gunner                  SSgt Russell W. Peters                         35389414

 

Summary comment on MACR: 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.

 

The investigator of the crash interviewed:

 

Magistrate of Ankang – Mr Chico Chong
Magistrate of Hon Yin – Mr Wong
Magistrate of Sisiang – Mr Li
English speaking Chinese at Shihchuon – Mr Wong
Chinese General in charge of troops around Tanaso – General Ho
Magistrate of Ta Hsien – Colonel Pan – in charge of entire sector
Magistrate of Wan Yuan
Chinese coolies who buried bodies at crash site
Magistrate of Lo Wan Pa
 

On 1 January 1945, MSgt F.L. Brown and Lt Wo, Chinese interpreter, flew to the Ankang airfield to determine if crash site could be reached by their jeep in the Wan Yuan area. On 2 January 1945, they went to the village of Ankang then departed for the village of Hon Yin. The region is mountainous. They went to Sisiang and met an American and some Chinese working on a downed P-40 and completing an airstrip.