He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, owned Daniel’s Press, Publishers, resided at 1107 W. Church, Chapaign, IL, and described himself as 5’11”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. His remains and those of crewmen (Schlentz, Lescher, Brown, Clarke, Dawson, Ingle, and Nocek) were buried in a group ceremony on 23 September 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Sec. 82, Graves 94 & 95).

LESCHER, GEORGE ALFRED, Second Lieutenant, # 0-702059, USAAF

 

George A. Lescher was born on 18 August 1920 in Niles, Cook Co., Illinois, to Peter Joseph Lescher (1897-1939) and Florence (Iserman) Lescher (1896-1957) (married 11 February 1920, Evanston, IL). A sibling was Herbert Peter Lescher (1922-2000). He attended J. Sterling Morton High School.

 

George A. Lescher enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 24 July 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. His remains and those of crewmen (Schlentz, Lesher, Brown, Clarke, Dawson, Ingle, and Nocek) were buried in a group ceremony on 23 September 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Sec. 82, Graves 94 & 95).

CLARKE, WILLIAM S., Technical Sergeant, # 6900304, USAAF

 

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He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. His remains and those of crewmen (Schlentz, Lesher, Brown, Clarke, Dawson, Ingle, and Nocek) were buried in a group ceremony on 23 September 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Sec. 82, Graves 94 & 95).