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). After recovery from the CBI military cemetery, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 5 May 1950 (Sec. 11, Grave 302 L.H.).

FARRELL, EDWARD, Corporal, # 32978890, USAAF

 

Edward Farrell (Inadequate data to research veterans) enlisted in the USAAF and was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the B-25 Mitchell and was sent overseas to India. He earned his crewman wings. 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).

RULE, WILLIS J., Corporal, # 16173463, USAAF

 

Willis J. Rule was born on 6 November 1923 in Santa Clara Co., California, to James Thomas Rule (1900-1987) (MI) and Minnie M. (Stuemke) Rule (1896-1987) (IL) (married in 1920). [Minnie M. Stuemke – father: August C. Stuemke (1852-    ); mother: Augusta M. Stuemke (1864-    ) (both born Germany); 1920 census – Kenosha, WI; 1910 census – Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha, WI; siblings – Gustav W. (1884-    ) (Ger.), Anna M. (Stuemke) Krogh (1886-1946) (Ger.), Edward F. (1889-1969) (IL). Minnie’s mother – Lorena Miller (1838-    ) (Ger.) - last name also spelled Strumke