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. They were:
Pilot 1stLt Robert M. Pilchard 0-1699497
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Rai P. Sturges 0-560385
Navigator 2ndLt John T. Roberts 0-673687
Bombardier 2ndLt Donald R. Mortimer 0-746597
Flight Engineer 2ndLt Jack R. Bevan 0-861934
Radar 2ndLt Harold B. Myers 0-863357
Radio Operator SSgt Delbert L. Grimes 39022767
Senior Gunner Cpl Lambert A. Pfeiffer Jr 36576513
Left Gunner Sgt Ralph V. Ferracane 31158634
Right Gunner Sgt Robert P. Sharples 15323547
Tail Gunner SSgt William F. Quirke Jr. 31081613
Passenger 1stLt Henry Escher 0-526297
Next-of-kin were listed as:
Escher Mrs Alison Stone Escher, W, 1046 Waverly Plc, Schenectady, NY
Bevan Mr Hurus Bevan, F, Rte 3, Platteville, Wisc.
Sturges Mrs Phyllis D. Sturges, W, 126 N. Lockwood Ave, Chicago, IL
Pilchard Mrs Mildred M. Pilchard, W, 5th St., Salina, Kansas
Roberts Mr Herbert O Roberts, F, 2218 N.W. 18th St, Oklahoma City, OK
Myers Mr Clyde B Myers, F, Box 147, Melrose, NM
Mortimer Mrs Mildred J Mortimer, W, 1043 S. Kings Day Drv, L.A., CA
Quirke Mr William F Quirke, F, 495 High St, Lowell, Mass.
Grimes Mrs Ethel Grimes, M, RFD 2, Chowchilla, CA
Ferracane Mrs Mary G Ferracane, M, 31 Otis St, Cambridge, Mass.
Sharples Mr William F Sharples, F, Rte 2, Warsaw, OH
Pfeiffer Mr Lambert A Pfeiffer, F, 41 W. Alexis St, Ecorse, Mich.