After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on 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).

Willis J. Rule

HOENIG, JAMES F., Corporal, # 32863895, USAAF

 

James F. Hoenig was born on 14 February 1925 in College Point, Queens Co., New York, to William George Hoenig (1893-1966) and Esther A. (McKeegan) Hoenig (1896-1993). A brother was William G. Hoenig Jr. (1928-    ). Living with them in 1940 was a maternal uncle, James McKeegan (1891-    ). His father was a fireman for the N.Y. Fire Department in 1930-1940.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 15 March 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as an armorer (responsible for the maintenance of the aircraft weapons) and a gunner on 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).