STURGES, RAI PERRY, First Lieutenant, # 0-560385, USAAF

 

Rai P. Sturges was born on 13 December 1919 in Oak Park, Cook Co., Illinois, to Isaac Rainey Sturges (1894-1979) and Alice L. (Nelson) Sturges (1897-1987) (married 14 April 1917, Chicago, IL). A sister was Alice C. (Sturges) Parker (1930-    ). On 15 August 1942, he married Phyllis Dorothy Clement in Miami, Dade Co., Florida.

 

After enlisting he completed basic and advances flight schools and was trained to pilot a B-29 Superfortress. He was a trained military pilot and was provided advanced training for the B-29 Superfor-tress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, and sent to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, B-29 # 42-93826, assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, departed the USAAF airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and crashed. The crew was killed. The remains were indistinguishable fron one another and thus the Quartermaster Command decided upon a group burial. Those listed included Pilchard, Quirke, Roberts, Sharples, Sturges, Bevan, Escher, Ferracane, Grimes, Mortimer, Myers, and Pfeiffer.There was a group burial of the remains of the crew on 1 February 1950 in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln Co., NE (Sec. R, Grave 43).

ROBERTS, JOHN “JACK” T., Second Lieutenant, # 0-673687, USAAF

 

John T. Roberts was born on 1921 in Oklahoma to Herbert Oliver Roberts (1882-    ) (OK) and Martha “Mattie” J. (Reynolds) Roberts (1897-    ) (KS) (married Kansas City, MO, on 17 July 1915). A brother was Herbert O. Roberts Jr. (1916-    ).   In 1920 the family lived in Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK, and his father was a manager of retail dry goods. His fatherwas an attorney and in 1940 worked for an insurance company, 1805 Ramsey Tower, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Oklahoma City, OK, on 19 March 1942. He was trained as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, and sent to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, B-29 # 42-93826, assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, departed the USAAF airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and crashed. The crew was killed. The remains were indistinguishable fron one another and thus the Quartermaster Command decided upon a group burial. Those listed included Pilchard, Quirke, Roberts, Sharples, Sturges, Bevan, Escher, Ferracane, Grimes, Mortimer, Myers, and Pfeiffer.There was a group burial of the remains of the crew on 1 February 1950 in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln Co., NE (Sec. R, Grave 43).

MORTIMER, DONALD R., Second Lieutenant, # 0-746597, USAAF

 

Donald R. Mortimer was born in 1915. Familial data is not sufficiently corroborated to be included to honor this veteran. He was recorded as a missing airman, Jewish, by his wife, Mildred J. Mortimer, residing at 1043 Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA (married in 1940). After enlisting in the USAAF he was trained as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, and sent to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, B-29 # 42-93826, assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, departed the USAAF airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and crashed. The crew was killed. The remains were indistinguishable fron one another and there was a group burial. Those listed included Pilchard, Quirke, Roberts, Sharples, Sturges, Bevan, Escher, Ferracane, Grimes, Mortimer, Myers, and Pfeiffer.There was a group burial of the remains of the crew on 1 February 1950 in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln Co., NE (Sec. R, Grave 43).