PETERSON, RAYMOND LAVERNE, Private First Class, # 37684786, USAAF

 

Raymond L. Peterson was born 15 May 1925 in Rockwell, Cerro Gordo Co., Iowa, to Nels Peterson (1892-1993) and Ida (Torgerson) Peterson (1891-    ). Siblings were Vivian Peterson (1924-    ), Pauline Peterson (1927-    ), and Pearl Peterson (1927-    ). Living with them in 1930 was his paternal grandfather, Peter Peterson (1859-    ) (Norway) (widowed).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 17 May 1943 and described himself as 6’1”, 164 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was trained to maintain the weapons on the B-24 Liberator and to shoot the .50 caliber machineguns (all enlisted crewmen were gunners). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast. The aircraft was presumedly lost at sea somewhere along the coast of China and French Indochina (Japanese occupied). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

LASK, CLIFFORD A., Sergeant, # 35285884, USAAF

 

Clifford A. Lask was born on 4 May 1919 in Ohio to Paul Andrew Lask (originally Laskowsky) (1893-1970) (OH) and Rose C. (Roski) Lask (1890-1962) (Germany) (married 7 June 1916, Cuyahoga Co., OH). Siblings were Raymond Paul Lask (1917-2005), Lawrence P. Lask (1922-2018), Laverne L. (Lask) Sickles (1924-2016), and Robert John Lask (1925-1995). He graduated from Cathedral Latin School, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio, on 20 February 1942. He was trained as an aerial photographer and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast. The aircraft was presumedly lost at sea somewhere along the coast of China and French Indochina (Japanese occupied). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Medina Co., Ohio (Sec. M, Plot 84). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Raymond P. Lask, born 14 May 1917, served in the USAAF, Sergeant, during WWII from 20 February 1942 to 28 October 1945. He died 6 October 2005 and is buried in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Medina Co., Ohio (Sec. 20, Grave 837).

 

His brother, Robert J. Lask, born 14 September 1925, served in the U.S. Army from 19 Nvember 1943 to 28 March 1946. He died 8 August 1995.