The right wing of Lt. Stringfellow’s ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. It continued in the opposite direction of the formation or towards Rangoon, losing about 1,500 feet. Two objects came out of the right waist window, one chute opened immediately, and the other object kept falling and disappeared into clouds. It looked like a delayed jump to evade attacking fighters. Between 8 to 10 enemy fighters started to attack the disabled ship, leaving the main formation of B-24s alone. The tail gunner first sighted the ship going into a tailspin. One chute was opened at this time. The ship was smoking badly and dropped for 3,000 or 6,000 feet before bursting into flames. A few seconds after it had burst into flames, it exploded, leaving only burning fragments. His remains were recovered and were included in a one-casket group burial on 19 December 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.

ARCHER, BERTRAM JOSEPH, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 12140538, USAAF

 

Bertram J. Archer was born 1924 in Peekskill, Westchester County, New York, to Bertram J. Archer (1890-1953) and Ruth Irene (Bolig) Archer (1893-1942). Siblings included Thomas K. Archer (1917-1984), Rudolph B. “Pete” Archer (1927-1999) and a sister. 

 

He was recorded as a Jewish serviceman by his mother, 137 Union Ave., Peekskill, NY. He enlisted in the USAAF 4 September 1942 in New York City, New York. Trained as an armorer and gunner, he was responsible for the maintenance and function of all the weapons aboard the B-24J. On 1 December 1943, at about 1230 hours, B-24J, # 42-73159 (“Tough Baba”), assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Pandaveswar, India, enroute to bomb Insein, Burma, where the Japanese maintained a railway marshalling and repair workshops. The statement signed by 2ndLt McElderry, F/O Lewallen and 1stLt Shaw says: Lt. Stringfellow’s plane was the lead ship of the formation. My ship flew on his left wing over the target. After bombs were dropped we lost sight of him. He was next sighted on the right wing of ship # 45. The pass by enemy aircraft was not seen but about 15 minutes from target, white smoke was seen coming from the #3 engine. The right wing of Lt. Stringfellow’s ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. It continued in the opposite direction of the formation or towards Rangoon, losing about 1,500 feet. Two objects came out of the right waist window, one chute opened immediately, and the other object kept falling and disappeared into clouds. It looked like a delayed jump to evade attacking fighters. Between 8 to 10 enemy fighters started to attack the disabled ship, leaving the main formation of B-24s alone. The tail gunner first sighted the ship going into a tailspin. One chute was opened at this time. The ship was smoking badly and dropped for 3,000 or 6,000 feet before bursting into flames. A few seconds after it had burst into flames, it exploded, leaving only burning fragments. His remains were recovered and were included in a one-casket group burial on 19 December 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.