YOUNG, MARTIN WALTER, Captain, # 0-659787, USAAF

 

Martin W. Young was born on 2 February 1920 in Illinois to Martin Young (1893-1964) (Austria – arrived 1909 - naturalized) and Adeline Sophia (Peters) Young (1896-1966). Siblings included June Adelaide (Young) Waskow (1917-2004) and Adeline Merle (Young) Janicek (1924-1988).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Chicago, Illinois, on 25 September 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73430, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yankai, China, departed the airfield at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission. It was lost due to enemy anti-aircraft fire as it was attacking an enemy convoy in the South China Sea. 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.

GEER, EVERETT KINNE, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-687690, USAAF

 

Everett K. Geer Jr. was born on 28 April 1922 in Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota, to Dr. Everett Kinne Geer (1893-1950) and Olive (Lewis) Geer (1894-1971). Siblings included Patricia (Geer) Donahower (1919-1960), Thomas Brownell Geer (1929-1976).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 1050 Lombard, St. Paul, Minnesota, employed by his father, and described himself as 5’10”, 155 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73430, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yankai, China, departed the airfield at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission. It was lost due to enemy anti-aircraft fire as it was attacking an enemy convoy in the South China Sea. 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.

 

His father, born 14 January1893, attended the University of Minnesota, served during WWI in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, surgeon, Lieutenant Junior Grade, beginning 11 April 1917.