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. The crew was:
Pilot 2ndLt Demming M. Ward 0-833849
Co-Pilot FO Samuel E. Landstreet Jr. T-65788
Navigator 2ndLt Lloyd L. Bjerk 0-2074907
Crew Chief SSgt Blaine B. Weaver 15114647
Radio Operator Sgt William G. Ferguson 33434820
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 (map coordinates NY9803). The next-of-kin listed were:
Bjerk Nellie Bjerk, M, 4610 Humboldt Ave. North, Minneapolis, Minn.
Ward Dr. Ernest Ward, F, 1118 N. Duke St., Durham, NC
Landstreet Marguerite L. Landstreet, W, 2104 31st St. Southeast, Washington, D.C.
Weaver Oleta M. Weaver, M, Eva, West VA
Ferguson Mabel Ferguson, M, 937 W. 25th St., Erie, PA