PFEIFFER, LAMBERT ALBERT, JR., Corporal, # 36576513, USAAF

 

Lambert A. Pfeiffer Jr. was born in Michigan in 1924 to Lambert A. Pfeiffer (1898-1956) (KY) and Evelyn O. (Uggen) Pfeiffer (1912-1980) (ND). A brother was Robert Dean Pfeiffer (1926-1983).

In 1940 his father was a real estate manager.

 

After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and shoot a .50 caliber machinegun on the B-29 Superfortress, He was sent overseas 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. He was the senior gunner. 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 brother, Robert D. Pfeiffer, born 30 August 1926, served in the U.S. Army from 31 July 1945 to 10 January 1947. He died 5 August 1983 in Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan.

FERRACANE, RALPH V., Sergeant, # 31158634, USAAF

 

Ralph V. Ferracane was born in Massachusetts in 1921. He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 5 August 1942. He was trained to maintain and shoot a .50 caliber machinegun on the B-29 Superfortress, He was sent overseas 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. He was the left waist gunner. 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).

SHARPLES, ROBERT PAUL, Sergeant, # 15323547, USAAF

 

Robert P. Sharples was born on 19 September 1921 in Coshocton Co., Ohio, to William Frederick Sharples (1883-1965) and Ethel Maria (McCurdy) Sharples (1893-1965) (married 25 June 1919). A brother was Russell M. Sharples (1919-1944) and sisters, Mary E. (Sharples) Reese (1926-    ), Dorothy Sharples, and Alice Sharples.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 26 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and shoot a .50 caliber machinegun on the B-29 Superfortress, He was sent overseas 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. He was the right waist gunner. The crew was killed. The remains were indistinguishable from one another and 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).