ABERLE, WAYNE J., Second Lieutenant, # 0-673004, USAAF
Wayne J. Aberle was born on 14 August 1917 Illinois to William H. Aberle (1885-1959) and Bessie Grace (Gifford) Aberle (1888-1976) (married 23 August 1910, Minnehaha, SD). Sibling Jean Kathryn Aberle (1920-1994). He attended Sioux Falls College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was employed as a journalist in Evanston, Cook Co., Illinois, in 1940. He was married Sonja (Manson) Aberle on 28 March 1941 in Minnihaha, South Dakota.
After enlisting in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 16 April 1942, he completed navigator and bombardier instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 26 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30455, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, Klingshan, India, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a mission to Kiungshan, China. The witnesses to the crash of the B-25D were 2ndLt William F. Angell, 0-735496, 2ndLt George H. Laverell Jr., 0-735609, 2ndLt Charles A. Lutton, 0-669077, and SSgt Marino R. Galluzzo, 13060516. 2ndLt Angell reported that the B-25, making a gun run on a moving gunboat, formation was attacked by enemy fighters and he saw a Zero attack the B-25 at about a 100’ range and the right wing of the B-25 seemed to explode. Parts came off from the side of the right engine nacelle. The B-25 began a slow rollover and plunged toward the water, nose down. No parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Laverell saw it hit and it went under. He saw nothing reappear. 2ndLt Lutton reiterated this. The crash was near Kiungshan, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is nored on the tablets of Americans on the Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His sister, Jean K. Aberle, born 4 May 1920, served in the U.S. Army from 19 July 1944 to 4 July 1946. She died 30 August 1994 and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota.