JOHNSON, GEORGE R., Flight Officer, # T-60990, USAAF

 

George R Johnson was born 1921 to Lawrence Wilbur Johnson (1897-1950) and Rachel “Reika” (Frohling) Johnson (1896-1987). He had a sibling, Doris Johnson (1919-    ). His father owned a trucking business in 1940 in Saint Charles, Kane, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 2 January 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was co-pilot, departed India on a bombing mission with six other B-24J bombers, to Pokokku, Burma. After the bombs were dropped, about 15-20 enemy fighters engaged them. Some were shot down and the remainder returned to their bases in India. The heroic efforts of the flight crew could not save them. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. The remains of at least eight crewmen (Becker, Callahan, Cory, Johnson, Kimball, Leibowitz, Speck and Walker) were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. A group grave (single casket) was buried 30 August 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO. His family placed a memorial marker in the River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia, Kane, Illinois.

LEIBOWITZ, HYMAN, Second Lieutenant, 0-801479, USAAF

 

Hyman Leibowitz was born 1918 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York Inadequate information was available to gather his familial information. He was married to Anne Z. Leibowitz, 212 Van Buren Blvd, Brooklyn, NY and later, 232 Pulaski St., Brooklyn, NY.

 

He enlisted 29 August 1941 at Camp Upton Yaphank, New York. He completed the extensive navigator training and earned his wings and commission. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was navigator, departed India on a bombing mission with six other B-24J bombers, to Pokokku, Burma. After the bombs were dropped, about 15-20 enemy fighters engaged them. Some were shot down and the remainder returned to their bases in India. The heroic efforts of the flight crew could not save them. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. The remains of at least eight crewmen (Becker, Callahan, Cory, Johnson, Kimball, Leibowitz, Speck and Walker) were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. A group grave (single casket) was buried 30 August 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO.