TAYLOR, LOREN FAY, First Lieutenant, # 0-592838, USAAF
Loren F. Taylor was born on 22 July 1920 in Grant, Montgomery Co., Iowa, to Seymour L. Taylor (1893-1984) and Lenora M. Taylor (1898-1983). Siblings were Vernon Robert Taylor (1918-2010) and Jack Melvin Taylor (1922-2009).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by his father, resided in Villisca, Montgomery Co., IA, and described himself as 6’, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 June 1942. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on about 14 July 1944. On 11 February 1945 a B-24L, # 44-41448, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Luliang, China, departed on a night mission to bomb shipping in the Tonkin Gulf, French Indochina. Last radio contact was at 2320 Zulu, that the B-24L was heading for coordinates 21° 10’ North and 107° 30’ East and intended to bail out there. Last position was off Tien-Yen, French Indochina, near Ka-Bao Island. The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast. Bad fuel lead # 3 tank. Engine # 3 on fire. 9,000’ altitude; 2305 – heading for 21° 45’ N & 108° 00’ E, intending to bail out there; 2310 – trying to make it to “Darkhorse;” 2320 – heading for 21° 10’ N & 107° 30’ E, intending to bail out there. 1stLt William H. Stafford, navigator, was the sole survivor and returned to duty 5 March 1945. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Grant Cemetery, Grant, Montgomery Co., Iowa.
His brother, Jack M. Taylor, born 26 October 1922, served in the USAAF from 27 January 1943 to 25 September 1945. He was overseas from 19 November 1943 to 8 October 1944, assigned to the 2nd Air Force then the 8th Air Force. He died 17 August 2009 and is buried in the Grant Cemetery, Grant, Montgomery Co., Iowa.