WARD, GEORGE A., Second Lieutenant, # 0-688567, USAAF

 

Inadequate data is present to accurately identify this veteran. Please provide assistance with use of the contact page. He was married to Elizabeth Ward, New York, New York.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he trained as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

DELUCIA, ANTHONY W., Staff Sergeant, # 6949724, USAAF

 

Anthony W. “Bib” DeLucia was born on 31 August 1920 to Dominic DeLucia (1890-1953) and Jennie (Frasca) DeLucia (1892-    ). Siblings were Augustine Henry DeLucia (1918-2007) and Elmer Fred DeLucia (1923-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He served in North Africa then was transferred. He was sent overseas to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). A memorial marker is in the Saint Bernard Cemetery, Bradford, McKean Co., Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Augustine “Gus” H. DeLucia, born 22 June 1918, served in the U.S. Army, # 33273882, from 22 July 1942 to 25 May 1945 (overseas from 10 August 1943 to 18 November 1943). He died 24 November 2007 and is buried in the Saint Bernard Cemetery, Bradford, McKean Co., Pennsylvania.

 

His brother, Elmer F. DeLucia, born 5 August 1923, served in the U.S. Army, # 33681171, from 22 June 1943 to 24 October 1945 (overseas 18 March 1944 to 2 September 1945).

Elmer DeLucia