He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Monmouth, Red Bank, New Jersey, on 26 December 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed school as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India in June 1944. On 16 November 1944, a B-24J, # 44-41451, “Love Sugar Oboe,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the aifield at Chengkung, China, on a combat & reconnaissance sweep over the South China Sea. It was last known to be in the vicinity of Mengtaz, China, at about 0230 Z (friendly territory).  He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Myron Sterngold, born 17 July 1916, enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in New York on 22 December 1941. He died 30 May 1986.

2nd Lt Kingdon H. Sterngold

ROOT, RAYMOND S., Sergeant, # 33139225, USAAF

 

Raymond S. Root was born on 10 September 1924 in Trimble, Kentucky, to Frederick Raymond Root (1903-1956) (IN) and Inez Helen (Richmond) Ward nee Root (1907-1980) (KY). Living with them in 1940 was his maternal grandfather, William S. Richmond (1885-    ) (KY) (widowed). He graduated from Southport High School, Indianapolis, IN.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 27 March 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the B-24 Liberator, qualifying him as a B-24 engineer. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 November 1944, a B-24J, # 44-41451, “Love Sugar Oboe,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, departed the aifield at Chengkung, China, on a combat & reconnaissance sweep over the South China Sea. It was last known to be in the vicinity of Mengtaz, China, at about 0230 Z (friendly territory).  He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.