DIETRICH, EUGENE EDWIN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2067471, USAAF

 

Eugene E. Dietrich was born on 23 July 1922 in Womelsdorf, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, to Paul Horace Dietrich (1895-1945) and Laura J. (Kintzer) Dietrich (1899-1992). He was married to Marion J. Dietrich, 4172 W. 217 St., Fairview Park, Ohio.

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1943, resided in rural Wernersville, Berks Co., PA, and described himself as 5’11”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Allentown, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, on 1 July 1943. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator (C-109 variant, the Express Liberator). He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 11 March 1945 a C-109, # 44-49062, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1347th AAF Base Unit, Shamshernager, India, departed the airfield for a mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengtu, China. The C-109 crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reifton, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Air Medal.

VAN WEREN, RALPH WILLIS, Staff Sergeant, # 15069925, USAAF

 

Ralph W. Van Weren was born on 29 May 1921 in Lucas Co., Ohio, to John Ralph Van Weren (1886-1971) (Mich.) and Mary (Willis) Van Weren (1887-    ) (KY) (married 1 January 1920, Lucas Co., OH). A sibling was Georgia Van Weren (1925-    ). He graduated from Scott High School, Toledo, Ohio.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 27 August 1941, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24/C-109 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 11 March 1945 a C-109, # 44-49062, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1347th AAF Base Unit, Shamshernager, India, departed the airfield for a mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengtu, China. The C-109 crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

LINDBURG, VIRGIL E., Staff Sergeant, # 7060424, USAAF

 

Virgil E. Lindburg was born September 1919 in Pleasant Home, Polk Co., Nebraska, to Eleanor Spurgeon Lindburg (1892-1919) and May Etta (Smith) Austin nee Lindburg (1894-1974). Siblings were William Dresdan Lindburg (1916-1946), Margaret Elizabeth (Lindburg) Lawhead (1917-2001), and Lewis Grover Lindburg (1918-1999).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 12 March 1940. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) of the B-24/C-109 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 11 March 1945 a C-109, # 44-49062, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1347th AAF Base Unit, Shamshernager, India, departed the airfield for a mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengtu, China. The C-109 crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.