He registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942, employed by Pacific Telephone, resided at 737 Santiago Way, Sacranento, CA, and described himself as 6’1”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 1 September 1942. 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 through India to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40783, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow and formed with other B-24s on a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan. Second B-24J lost on same flight: 44-40831, same unit. Formosa Intelligence reported a B-24 shot down in Sea of Takao, by Japanese Submarine Chaser. MP Sgt Masayoshi Kakimoto dispatched to Ryuku Islands (Okinawa, etc.) informed of aviators afloat on sea. Found one and captured him: Capt. George Keats O’Neil. Capt. O’Neil said that Reade, Roney, Mast and Hicks bailed out from forward compartment. Fired on in parachutes and on water. Capt. O’Neil believes all lost. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, California. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

RONEY, JOHN W., Second Lieutenant, # 0-706547, USAAF

 

Inadequate data is available for me to accurately find his records. Assistance would be appreciated. Please use the contact page. His father was Robert B. Roney, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

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 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40783, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow and formed with other B-24s on a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan. Second B-24J lost on same flight: 44-40831, same unit. Formosa Intelligence reported a B-24 shot down in Sea of Takao, by Japanese Submarine Chaser. MP Sgt Masayoshi Kakimoto dispatched to Ryuku Islands (Okinawa, etc.) informed of aviators afloat on sea. Found one and captured him: Capt. George Keats O’Neil. Capt. O’Neil said that Reade, Roney, Mast and Hicks bailed out from forward compartment. Fired on in parachutes and on water. Capt. O’Neil believes all lost. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

YOUNG, HOWARD NASH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-697755, USAAF

 

Howard N. Young was born 1920 in Illinois to Howard H. Young (1889-1968) and Helen Ethelyn (Helsper) Young (1902-1985) (IN). Sibling Charles Robert Young (1922-    ) (ID) (married 26 September 1919, Henry, IL). Living with them in 1930 was his paternal grandfather, Samuel Young (1862-1947) (paternal grandmother – Luella A. Young (1861-1941).