1stLt Hannes reported: He was pilot on ship# 22. They flew to the target and while approaching, he saw a B-25 (he thought it was #63), making a last run on the target. He dropped his bombs and while in a turn to fly over the target, he saw a B-25, through his right window, pulling almost straight up, do a wing over and head straight down. He was in a left bank and did not see the B-25 crash but his navigator, 1stLt Joffe, saw it crash. They circled and aw black smoke rising. The B-25 went straight in. It disintegrated in the crash and debris was only very small pieces. Tracer bullets could be seen firing off from the crash as they circled. Photos were taken. Next-of-kin were listed as:

 

                                      Hardy              Mrs. Maxine L. Hardy, wife, Belle Fourche, South Dakota

                                      Campbell         Mrs. June C. Campbell, wife, 5610 Walnut St., Pittsburgh, PA

                                      Chibnik            Mrs. Lena Chibnik, mother, 111 Franklin St., Malden, Mass.

                                      Mahen             Mr. William J. Mahen, father, 3623 Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA

                                      Foster              Mr. Cicero T. Foster, father, 105 Blountville Rd., Bristol, TN

                                      Rinne               Mrs. Elizabeth M. Rinne, mother, 545 W. Somerset St., Philadelphia, PA

 

HARDY, KENNETH A., First Lieutenant, # 0-736903, USAAF

 

Kenneth A. Hardy was born in 1918 in Wyoming to Glenn Hardy (1891-1969) and Mary Hardy (1891-    ). He had four siblings, Ernest L. Hardy (1920-    ), Ray M. Hardy (1922-    ), Wanda P. Hardy (1924-    ), and Glenn J. Hardy (1927-    ). On 15 August 1942,  in Mesa, Arizona (advanced flight school), he married Maxine L. Raber of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The certificate of marriage was sent to him at Williams Field, Company A, Chandler, Arizona.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet while living in Lawrence County, South Dakota, on 21 January 1942, in Bakersfield, California. He completed flight and advanced flight school, was rated for multi-engine aircraft and earned his commission and pilot wings. On 26 February 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4363, departed from the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, on a combat mission to bomb the enemy bridge at Bawgyo, Burma. At 1337, the aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew were all killed in the crash. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

FOSTER, KENNETH W., First Lieutenant, # 0-733425, USAAF

 

Kenneth W. Foster was born in 1917 in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee to Cicero T. Foster (1886-1949) and Linnie Josephine (Drake) Foster (1887-1970). A brother was Paul Everett Foster (1918-1969). In 1930 living with this family were Cicero‚Äôs mother, Annis C. Foster (1861-1936) (widowed) and his sister, Eliza L. Foster (1878-    ), single.

 

In 1940 he was in training at Fort McDowell military reservation.He trained as a navigator for the B-25 and earned his commission and wings. On 26 February 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4363, departed from the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, on a combat mission to bomb the enemy bridge at Bawgyo, Burma. At 1337, the aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew were all killed in the crash. He is remembered at the Manila American Cemetery & Mortuary, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.