FLANSBURG, ROBERT B., Staff Sergeant, # 36566664, USAAF

 

Robert B. Flansburg was born 1922 to Claude W. Flansburg (1895-    ) and Alice B. Flansburg (1898-    ). Siblings included Euegenia Flansburg (1925-    ). He was recorded as a Jewish serviceman. His parents were born in Nebraska.

 

He enlisted and was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. On 13 May 1944 B-25H, # 43-4360, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the air field at Yangkai on a combat mission to Yunnanyi, China. It was last sighted at about 1246 hours at 24º, 43’ North - 100º, 27’ East. It was returning from mission, flew into weather but not seen agan after clearing weather. All were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single-casket group burial at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lamay, Missouri. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

JOHNSON, FLOYD H., Sergeant, # 1412436, USAAF

 

Floyd H. Johnson was borm in 1923 in Georgia to Florence (McTehee) Padgett nee Johnson (1903-    ). His step father in 1930 was Sterling Padgett (1907-    ). In 1930, they lived in Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia. In 1940 they lived in Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, South Carolina. This family information may be incorrect. I welcome orrection.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF while living in Orangeburg, South Carolina, at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, on 23 September 1942. He was trained as an armorer for the B-25 Mitchell and was responsible for the function and maintenance of all weapons on the aircraft. He had a dual role as a gunner, using a .50 caliber aerial Browning machinegun. On 13 May 1944 B-25H, # 43-4360, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the air field at Yangkai on a combat mission to Yunnanyi, China. It was last sighted at about 1246 hours at 24º, 43’ North - 100º, 27’ East. It was returning from mission, flew into weather but not seen agan after clearing weather. All were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single-casket group burial at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lamay, Missouri. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.