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. Sgt. Armstrong was the senior gunner. SSgt. Bishop was the right waist gunner. SSgt. Henry was the left waist gunner and was killed when the B-29 crashed. 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. His remains were recovered from Japan about 15 November 1949 and were buried in the Crestlawn Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Evans C. Henry, born 27 April 1914, served in the USAAF from 3 March 1943 to 16 April 1946. He died on 4 April 1981 and is buried in the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Mount Sidney, Virginia.

 

His brother, Sandford G. Henry, born 5 October 1925, served in the U.S. Army, a Staff Sergeant, WW II.

NIXON, SAMUEL ALMON, Staff Sergeant, # 17127975, USAAF

 

Samuel A. Nixon was born on 28 August 1923 in Salina, Saline, Kansas to Almon Clair Nixon (1881-1963) and Effie Mabel (Smutz) Nixon (1885-1970) (Van Buren Co., IA). Dora E. Nixon (1927-    ). In 1943 the family lived at 659 S. 11th, Salina, Saline, Kansas.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 and described himself as 6’, 140 lbs, with black hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 2 Novemmber 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, then to an advance airfield in China. On 20 August 1944, 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. Sgt. Armstrong was the senior gunner. SSgt. Bishop was the right waist gunner. SSgt. Henry was the left waist gunner and SSgt. Nixon was the tail gunner; both were killed when the B-29 crashed. 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.