LANDSTREET, SAMUEL E., JR., Flight Officer, # T-65788, USAAF

 

Samuel E. Landstreet Jr. was born on 10 March 1922 in Washington, D.C. to Samuel E. Landstreet (1899-1964) and Margaret (Etheridge) Landstreet. He was married to Marguerite Lee Gooch on 18 October 1944 in Washington D.C. His father worked for the Washington, D.C., Fire Department in 1942.

 

He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 2104 Thirty-first Street, SE, Washington D.C., employed by Printing & Duplicating WPD, and described himself as 5’11”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington D.C. on 4 November 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools for the B-24 Liberator. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 May 1945 a B-24J, # 42-73436, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, Dergaon, India, departed the airfield at Dergaon on a flight to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at abot 1050 Zulu near Paoshan, China. Wreckage of the B-24 crashed and exploded when it fell into a river. The bodies of the navigator and radio operator were recovered and buried about ½ mile southeast of Pawngen, Burma at 25° 47’ North & 98° 12’ East (military map coordinates NY9803). After recovery of remains from the crash site, which were indistinguishable and included two remains which were unidentifiable, the remains of Ward, Ferguson, Landstreet and Weaver, were buried in a group funeral ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 15 March 1950 (Sec.34, Grave 4870).

BJERK, LLOYD LESLIE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2074907, USAAF

 

Lloyd L. Bjerk was born on 13 July 1920 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, to Carl Emil Bjerk (1889-1926) and Nellie Jewel (Lund) Bjerk (1887-1979) (married 2 December 1911, Minneapolis, MN). Siblings were Shirley Caroline (Bjerk) Shaft (1923-2007) and Evelyn Bjerk (1925-2016).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on 5 March 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed schools to be a navigator and bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 May 1945 a B-24J, # 42-73436, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, Dergaon, India, departed the airfield at Dergaon on a flight to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at abot 1050 Zulu near Paoshan, China. Wreckage of the B-24 crashed and exploded when it fell into a river. The bodies of the navigator and radio operator were recovered and buried about ½ mile southeast of Pawngen, Burma at 25° 47’ North & 98° 12’ East (military map coordinates NY9803). After recovery of remains from the crash site, which were indistinguishable and included two remains which were unidentifiable, the remains of Ward, Ferguson, Landstreet and Weaver, were buried in a group funeral ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 15 March 1950 (Sec.34, Grave 4870). After recovery, his remains were buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 9 February 1950 (Sec. B-1, Grave 497-S).