Its last known location was in the vicinity of Akyab, Burma. Last radio contact was with Headquarters, R.A.F. 231st Group (British), Calcutta, India. Search was led by the 222nd Air Sea Rescue Group. It was believed the B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal near Akyab, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SWANSON, KENNETH ELMER RUDOLPH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-931113, USAAF

 

Kenneth E. R. Swanson was born on 15 July 1921 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, to Carl Anton Gustafson Swanson (11 April 1878-1959) (Svensson - Larv, Skaraborg, Sweden – 1890 arrival – naturalized) and Edith Swanson (1886-1977) (Minnesota) (married 25 September 1909, Minnea-polis, Minn.). Siblings included Maurice Carl Waltervail Swanson (aka Swenson) (1912-1987), Allan Francis Hjalmar Swanson (1914-1974), Marcella Charlotta Sophia Swanson (1918-1983), Hiloray Esther Gertrude (Swanson) Insana (1923-1979). His father was a street car motorman in 1918-1920-1930-1940 (cable car).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced schools to serve as radar observor on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50389, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Bantakli, Thailand. It had to fly IFR through monsoon weather conditions. Its last known location was in the vicinity of Akyab, Burma. Last radio contact was with Headquarters, R.A.F. 231st Group (British), Calcutta, India. Search was led by the 222nd Air Sea Rescue Group. It was believed the B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal near Akyab, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

FEINBERG, ARTHUR H., Private First Class, # 32467608, USAAF

 

Arthur H. Feinberg was born in 1921 in New Jersey to Lewis Feinberg (Hebrew – Yehuda bin Yitzchak) (1895-1937) (NY) and Edith S. Feinberg (1899-1972) (NY) (married 17 October 1920, NY). A brother was Edgar Feinberg (1927-    ) (NJ). His mother recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman.