2ndLt William R. Rewitz

ROBINS, HARRISON, III, Second Lieutenant, # 0-743837, USAAF

 

Harison Robins Jr. was born 3 September 1918 in Baltimore, Marylnd, to Harrison Robins II (1887-1949) and Ethel (Rhoads) Robins (1890-1975). A sister was Rebecca L. (Robins) Clement (1916-    ). He graduated from John Hopkins University.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940, as a student at Joh Hopkins University, and described himself as 6’, 175 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Baltimore, MD, on 8 August 1941. He was trained as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force in India then to an advance airfield in China.  On 20 August 944, a B-29, # 42-6408, “Reddy Teddy,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Imperial steel works at Yawata, Japan, and upon dropping their bombs, at 1645 hours at 26,000 feet, was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was lost. Most of the crew survived. B-29 42-608 was seen to received direct hits from enemy anti-aircraft fire over the target and went into a dive. Parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Roberts suffered traumatic amputation of right leg. Kennard and Roberts were dragged through the streets by civilians and beaten. He died in a Japanese hospital. 1stLt Pickett suffered severe burns and was grossly mistreated by the Japanese. Lt. Rewitz suffered burns. SSgt Bishop heard Japanese interrogators questioning SSgt Kazarian. Subsequently discovered that Lt. Pickett, Lt. Rewitz, Lt. Humphrey, F/O Kennard, SSgt Armstrong and SSgt Kazarian were imprisoned in the POW camp in Japan. The family placed a memorial marker in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Baltimore Co., Maryland.

ROBERTS, EDWIN S., Second Lieutenant, # 0-743834, USAAF

 

Edwin S. Roberts was born on 1921 in Los Angeles, Co., California, to Harry Francis Roberts (1890-1960) and Lillian May (Dean) Roberts (1899-1959). Siblings included Harry J. Roberts (1919-1953), Francis Dean Roberts (1922-2004) and Robert Ray Roberts (1924-1990). He was married to Betty (Zeran) Roberts, who in 1943 lived at 675 S. Bonnie Brae, Los Angeles, California, on 17 August 1942.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 30 March 1942. He was trained as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force in India then to an advance airfield in China.  On 20 August 944, a B-29, # 42-6408, “Reddy Teddy,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Imperial steel works at Yawata, Japan, and upon dropping their bombs, at 1645 hours at 26,000 feet, was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was lost. Most of the crew survived. B-29 42-608 was seen to received direct hits from enemy anti-aircraft fire over the target and went into a dive. Parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Roberts suffered traumatic amputation of right leg.