BEVAN, JACK ROBBINS, First Lieutenant, # 0-861934, USAAF

 

Jack R. Bevan was born on 23 August 1920 in Platteville, Grant Co., Wisconsin, to Hurus Bevan (1887-1973) and Mary Annetta (Robbins) Bevan (1887-1979). Siblings included Dale Bevan (1922-2012), Betty Jane (Bevan) Reuter (1924-1993), Maxine May (Bevan) Noble (1926-2008), and Donald Bevan (1930-    ). In 1940 the family lived in Lima, Grant Co., Wiscnsin.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Milwakee, Wisconsin, on 11 July 1942. He was trained as an engineer for the B-29 Superfortress, which training included the mechanical and electrical systems. In flight, he monitored an array of sensors, dials, and swtcheswhich relected the status of oil, fuel, and electrical systems of the B-29.  He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force in India then to an advance airfield 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).

MYERS, HAROLD BELL, Second Lieutenant, # 0-863357, USAAF

 

Harold B. Myers was born on 29 August 1920 in Wellington, Texas, to Clyde Burdett Myers (1891-1970) and Grace Katherine (Pullen) Myers (1897-1970). Siblings included Merline G. (Myers) Hendershot (1925-2008) and Betty Joyce (Myers) Burleson (1927-2018). Living with them in 1930 was a paternal uncle, Roy E. Pullin (1899-    ). He attended Melrose High School, graduated and attended Texas Technical College (now University), Lubbock, Texas. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his father.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided in Melrose, Curry Co., Texas, while attending Texas Technical College, and described himself as 6’, 190 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He had a mole on his right temple. He was unducted into the USAAF on 15 June 1942 in Clovis, New Mexico, and was sent for training at Camp Wallace, Texas, Boca Raton, Florida, Yale University, and Saline, Kansas. He earned his commission and was selected for radar observer on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India then deployed to 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., Nebraska (Sec. R, Grave 43).

 

His father, born 8 February 1891, served in WWI, a Private First Class, with the 528th Service Park Unit, MTC. He died on 21 July 1970 and is buried in the Memorial Cemetery, Melrose, Texas.