BISHOP, ELVIN VERN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-718847, USAAF

 

Elvin V. Bishop was born on 19 May 1916 in Sacramento, California, to Joseph Bishop (1881-1956) (MO) and Eleanor (Reynolds) Bishop (1891-    ). A sister was Velma (Bishop) Lainer (1907-1955). He was married to Malrose (Cody) Bishop on 6 June 1937 in Alameda, California. Living with the Bishop family in 1920 was his maternal aunt, Elma B. Reynolds (1902-    ). He married Malrose Cody on 6 June 1937 in Berkeley, Alameda Co., California. In 1939 his father was a painted and he worked for J. B. Co.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 1927 ½ P St., Sacramento, employed by the State Box Co., and described himself asd 5’9 ¼”, 165 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. The Sacramento directorty for 1943 shows him in the USAAF. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to earn his commission and pilot wings. He was trained as a pilot of the B-25 Mitchell. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4403, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of the Mongpawn Bridge, Burma. It was seen to crash by Capt. James W. Brown Jr., 0-407342, and 1stLt Ithel D. Bradley, 0-713321, at about 1233 hours near coordinates 20º 48’ 16” North & 97º 25’ 37” East. Capt. Brown reported that he was navigator and 1stLt Bradley was the pilot of a B-25H. They had discussed the mission with Lt. Bishop before the flight. They saw Lt. Bishop’s B-25 make a bomb run but it did not appear his bomb bay doors were open and they saw no tracers from his machineguns. After the run, he banked left at about 60º.  There was a slight hill near here. His left wing seemed to hit a tree on the hill summit and then was thrown into a small valley west of the hill. The B-25 exploded before it came to a stop and burned. They did not see him release any bombs nor saw any ground fire. They encountered no ground fire. They circled for about 15 minutes and notes the wreckage was strewn for about 75 yards. There was a 2nd explosion about 5 minutes after the first. 1stLt Bradley confirmed the report. The recovered remains of the crew (Bishop, Rule, Farrell and Hoenig) were buried in common, or group, graves in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 4 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Grave 428).

BAUER, CLYDE D., Second Lieutenant, # 0-709253, USAAF

 

Clyde D. Bauer was born on 15 November 1919 in Belle Vernon, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, to Frank H. Bauer (1896-1990) and Ada Elizabeth (Dinsmore) Bauer (1895-1952). Siblings included Francis Marion (Bauer) Grant (1917-1982) and Emma Jean (Bauer) Yauman (1920-1979).   Living with them in 1920 was a great aunt, Margaret Carvey (1854-    ) (widowed). He graduated from Columbiana High School and was said to be a historian writing a history of ancient Greece. He bequeathed his ability to drive a car to classmate Clinton Howell, so the senior girls would not have to walk home. He was in track, basketball, football (played defense and pass receiver). He was married to Virginia S. Bauer of Youngstown, Ohio.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 29 January 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed dual schools as a navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4403, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of the Mongpawn Bridge, Burma. It was seen to crash by Capt. James W. Brown Jr., 0-407342, and 1stLt Ithel D. Bradley, 0-713321, at about 1233 hours near coordinates 20º 48’ 16” North & 97º 25’ 37” East. Capt. Brown reported that he was navigator and 1stLt Bradley was the pilot of a B-25H.