Cpl. Bishop reported that he was tail gunner on #795 when # 788, the lead B-25, crashed. They were circling and waited for # 788 to make his last bomb run. He watched the B-25 come in at about 1,000’ AGL and descend to about 100-200’. He released 2 bombs, then his right wing hit a high tree on a small hill about 100 yards from the target. Part of the wing separated and the B-25 flipped over on its back and hit the ground and exploded. This was confirmed by the other witnesses. The remains of the crew were indistinguishable and were buried in a common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetey, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 84, Grave194). A family memorial marker was placed in the West Sinai Lutheran Cemetery, Sinai, Brookings Co., South Dakota.
RENO, ROSWELL MARKLE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-777236, USAAF
Roswell M. Reno was born on 25 February 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Roswell Ramsey Reno (1882-1933) and Frances Catherine (Markle) Reno (1888-1985). A brother was Charles Reno (1918-1918). Living with them in 1930 were Charles W. Markle (1857-1938) and Catherine Mary Markle (1867-1952) (with them in 1940-50).
He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 126 Cohassett St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, employed by Carnegie Illinois Steel Co., and described himself as 5’6 ½”, 130 lbs, with brown-black hair and blue eyes. He had a scar above his right eye and a mole on his left cheek. He enlisted in the USAAF in Miami Beach, Florida, on 23 February 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force and India. On 9 February 1945, a B-25J, “Nina,” # 44-28788, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing mission of Kel-His-Mansam. It was seen by 2ndLt John A. Pennington, 0-718926, 2ndLt Duane H. Troup, 0-777270, and Cpl Robert F. Bishop, 42090299, to hit a tree or trees during its bomb run and crash at 1315 hours at coordinates 21º 56’ North & 97º 49’ East (Kehsi, Mansam, Burma). Cpl. Bishop reported that he was tail gunner on #795 when # 788, the lead B-25, crashed. They were circling and waited for # 788 to make his last bomb run. He watched the B-25 come in at about 1,000’ AGL and descend to about 100-200’. He released 2 bombs, then his right wing hit a high tree on a small hill about 100 yards from the target.