SCHWALL, FRED KIRBY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-684782, USAAF

 

Fred K. Schwall was born 12 September 1919 to Fred Schwall (1899-1961) and Margaret M. Schwall

(1904-    ); siblings included Katherine Marsella Schwall  (1926-    ), Ida Mae Schwall (1928-    ), Willa Jean Schwall (1928-    ), John A Schwall (1932- 2003). The 1940 census shows the family in Washington Township, Stark, Ohio. Jean S. Schwall is noted as his wife on the WW II Jewish serviceman card, Box 372, Alliance, Ohio.

 

Fred K. Schwall enlisted for aviation training in the USAAF. After training as a B-24 four-engine rating pilot training, he was sent overseas to India and assigned to the 308th Bombardment Group, 374th Bombardment Squadron, located in Panagarh, India. On the 27 November 1943 bombing mission over the Insein, Burma, Japanese railway yards and shops, as co-pilot, the bomber was downed. Schwall was captured and imprisoned in the Rangoon Cantonment (a former British prison) until liberated in 1945.

 

Brother John A. Schwall, born 27 January 1932, Louisville, Stark Co., Ohio, was a U.S.Army Corporal during the Korean War. He died 19 May 2003, in Galion, Ohio, with his residence in Richland, Ohio, and is buried in the Crawford County Memory Gardens cemetery, South Mansfield, Ohio.

HARMON, GEORGE EVERETT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-679464, USAAF

 

George E. Harmon was born 25 July 1919 in Hopland, Mendocino Co., California, to Franklin Albert Harmon and Mary Majesta (Kimble) Harmon. The 1940 census for Sanel, Mendocino, CA, includes Franklin Albert “Frank” Harmon (1877-1953) and Mary  Majesta “Madge” (Kimble) Harmon (1879-1971) – James Leland Harmon (1901-1982), Albert Whiting Harmon (1903-1985), Edith Grace (Harmon) Myers (1905-201), Mary Thylia (Harmon) Hover (1908-2004), Robert Louis Harmon (1910-1981), Wesley Francis Harmon (1913-1913), and Warren Franklin Harmon (1922-2005).

 

George E. Harmon enlisted 12 Oct 1941 at the Presidio of Monterey after completing four years of college. After training as a bombardier on the B-24, he was sent overseas to India and assigned to the 308th Bombardment Group, 374th Bombardment Squadron, located in Panagarh, India. On the 27 November 1943 bombing mission over the Insein, Burma, Japanese railway yards and shops, as bombardier , the bomber was downed. Harmon was captured and imprisoned in the Rangoon Cantonment (a former British prison) until liberated in 1945. After medical care and return to health, he was honorably discharged 27 September 1945. He died 3 December 1999 and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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