. The bombers were hit by anti-aircraft fire, collided, and crashed, exploding. Five minutes after bombing the target at about 1202 hours, the formation was attacked by eight to twelve enemy fighters. He saw Oscars. Lt. Blair was in the # 2 position on the wing of Lt. Young. Maj. Jack Bradford, 0-424404 (OK), was in the # 4 position behind Lt. Young. 1stLt. Bodmer was in the # 3 position and Lt. Hill was in the # 5 position. When the enemy fighters were sighted, the formation closed. On the 3rd or 4th pass by the enemy, Lt. Blair’s # 2 engine caught on fire. He pulled out slightly left and feathered the engine. The fire went out and Lt. Blair made a diving left turn into clouds. He was not seen afterwards. Five minutes later, Maj. Bradford appeared to be looking back to see what happened to the other bombers. He was flying a rough formation but none of his bomber’s movements were violent. His bomber descended slightly to the left. He pulled up just under Lt. Bodmer, who was flying to the front and left of him. As he pulled up, Lt. Bodmer climbed up and out. After Maj. Bradford moved back into position, Lt. Bodmer took his own position. Almost immediately, Maj. Bradford climbed under Lt. Bodmer, his left vertical stabilizer went into Lt. Bodmer’s bomb bay doors. It seemed the # 3 and # 4 propellars of Lt. Bodmer’s B-24 cut off the tail of Maj. Bradford’s B-24 at a point just behind the waist windows. Maj. Bradford’s B-24 climbed violently and fell into a spin. Lt. Bodmer’s B-24 lost a bomb bay door and fell off onto the right wing, did a half-turn-spin, then spiraled down. Both B-24s hit the water about 200 yards apart and exploded. No parachutes were seen. It was near Bilugynn Island, Bay of Martaban. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Franklin R. Kuhns, born 23 June 1913, first enlisted 4 September 1940 and served in the U.S. Army, # 13006010, from 7 December 1941 to 16 September 1945 (overseas 13 January 1943 to 17 June 1945). He died .
STUMPF, NICHOLAS, Second Lieutenant # 0-696525, USAAF
Nicholas Stumpf was born on 23 November 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Michael (Milhaly) John (Janos) Stumpf (1892-1973) (Hungary) and Anna (Wingel) Stumpf (1896-1977) (Hungay). Sblings included Michael John Stumpf Jr. (1916-2002). Living with them in 1920 were his maternal grandmother Barbara Ursula (Ludwig) Wingel (1866-1941) (Hungary), his maternal great grandmother, Catherine (Mougol) Gaul (1847-1937), and John J. Stumpf (1901-1970) (Hungary).
He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, resided at 4124 N. Reese St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, employed by Wolf Brothers as a mechanic’s apprentice, and described himself as 5’6”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 31 July 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed instruction as a bombardier through advanced schools on the B-24. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India on 16 April 1944.