WALLER, ROBERT H., Second Lieutenant, # 0-801530, USAAF

 

Robert H. Waller was born in 1919 in Mississippi, to James Driver Waller (1890-1967) and Marguerite (Armstrong) Waller (1894-1967). His siblings included James Driver Waller Jr. (1916-1968), Savannah Waller (1922-2014), John Bruce Waller (1925-2002) and Jack H. “Jackie” Waller (1926-2009). He died the day the B-24J crashed.

 

James D. Waller, Jr., served in the USAAF then the USAF from 6 July through 4 October 1955, re-enlisted 5 October 1955 and was honorably discharged 24 March 1960. John B. Walker served during WW II in the U.S. Army and is buried in the Oakridge Cemetery, Clarksdale, Mississippi.

 

JOHNSON, GUSTAF E., JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-682483, USAAF

 

Gustaf E. Johnson, Jr., was born 25 June 1922 in Massachusetts to Gustaf Johnson (1895-    ), born in Sweden. The 1940 census for Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, shows Gustaf living with his father in the home of Gustaf and Christina Lundh, both born in 1874 in Sweden. All except Gustaf, born in the U.S., were naturalized citizens. Inadequately reliable genealogical evidence of further familial information was found.

 

He graduated from Brockton High School, most likely in 1940. He enlisted in the USAAF on 16 October 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland, while living in Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He completed bombardier school in Big Spring, Texas, and captured second place in the All-American Bombing Olympics in May 1943 at the school in class 43-8. He was the sole survivor of the crash of his ten-man crew. Imprisoned in the Moulmein POW prison, then the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison), he was liberated 11 May 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He was returned to the United States but, I do not have reasonably reliable information about his life or death afterwards.

13 May 1945 – The Miami News – Lt. Gustaf Johnson rescued From Japs, 2754 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL.

BELL, HAROLD C., Technical Sergeant, # 38116590, USAAF

 

Harold C. Bell was born 10 November 1913 in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas, to Earl Hamilton Bell (1884-1927) and Martha Hattie (Simmons) Bell (1883-1964). Siblings included Mary Alice (Bell) Meade (1904-1997), Lorenzo Dow Bell (1907-1969), Edwin Earl Bell (1909-1956), Zelmo N. (Bell) Bowman (1915-1982), Jeffie Wyatt Bell (1918-1987), and Hulon C. Bell (1920-1945). This family gave a lot during WW II.

 

He enlisted 16 June 1942 in Dallas, Texas, and received training at Sheppard Field, Middle River, Maryland, Panama City, Florida, Tampa, Florida, Salt Lake City, Utah, Clovis, New Mexico, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, and, after a furlough, departed for overseas from Topeka, Kansas, on 3 September 1943. Fifty-four days later, he died when his B-24J upon he was the engineer/mechanic, was attacked by enemy fighters then crashed into by a Japanese fighter over Burma. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. The family placed a memorial marker in the Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Texas.