STEIGER, FRANCIS G., Second Lieutenant, # 0-699869, USAAF

 

Francis G. Steiger was born 1921 in Menlo, Thomas Co., Kansas, to Albert Earnest Steiger (1884-1934) (NE) and Flora (Lunkenheimer) Steiger (1890-1978) (married 6 October 1915). Sibling was Clara Irene (Steiger) Duffey (1919-2007).

 

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 9 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40822, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a mission to lay mines in Hong Kong Harbor. This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the harbor. 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.

MASSING, FREDERICK ROBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-685679, USAAF

 

Frederick R. Massing was born on 16 October 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Frederick William Massing (1896-1958) and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Bade) Massing (1895-1981) (married 25 April 1917, First Presbyterian Church, Norristown, PA). Sibling was Anna Mae (Massing) Twaddle (1925-2016). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandfather, Harry Bade (1873-1956) (widowed – Anna (Heil) Bade (1871-1930). He was married to Marie Frances (Lichetti) Green nee Massing. He was survived by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Massing, whose guardian was Marie F. Green, 2466 Avondale Ave., Roslyn, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. His father worked as a leather cutter in 1920, a construction company sheet metal worker in 1930, .

 

He enlisted in the Pennsylvanis National Guard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 17 February 1941, as a Private First Class, Ordinance, and was subsequently activated and selected for USAAF training. He completed training as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. He was overseas July 1943 to January 1944 and July 1944 to his death. On 9 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40822, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a mission to lay mines in Hong Kong Harbor. This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the harbor. 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.

LUNDBERG, HOWARD JOSEPH, Flight Officer, # T-123326, USAAF

 

Howard J. Lundberg was born on 2 September 1921 in Warren, Warren Co., Pennsylvania, to Robert W. Lundberg (1895-1957) and Della Katherine (Ettinger) Lundberg (1888-1961).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at RFD 2, Box 189, Wetmore Township, McKean Co., PA, employed by the Curtiss-Wright Corp., and described himself as 6’, 158 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted a mole on his left temple.