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. Those remains 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). His remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, (Sec. P, Grave 658).