HUNTER, REESE, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 33522234, USAAF

 

Reese Hunter Jr. was born on 17 December 1923 in Richmond, Virginia, to Reese Hunter (1887-1972) and Lila Morrison (Orr) Hunter (1891-1974). Siblings included Bettie Orr Hunter (1932-2016).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 2400 Barton Ave., Richmond, Henrico Co., Virginia, and described himself as 5’10”, 135 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment and to shoot a .50 caliber machinegun on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman 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. A memorial marker was placed in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. F, Site 47-A). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

KUHNS, ROBERT HAROLD, Sergeant, # 39560642, USAAF

 

Robert H. Kuhns was born on 6 April 1923 in Buffalo, New York, to Otto Arthur Kuhns (1877-1930) and Agnes L. (Guerdat) Kuhns (1888-1924). Siblings included George Edward Kuhns (1907-1996), and Otto G. Kuhns (1912-1976).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 14226 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, Los Angeles Co., CA, employed by the Van Nuys Sheet Metal Co., and described himself as 5’10”, 162 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his right heel. He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 16 February 1943. He was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer-gunner) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman 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.