ROMINE, LUTHER FRANCIS, JR., Technical Sergeant, # 15324697, USAAF
Luther F. Romine, Jr., was born 6 May 1924 in Ohio to Luther F. Romine (1888-1951) (widower in 1940) and Ruth (Shields) Romine (1900-1945). Siblings included Catherine Fern (Romine) Rheinscheid (1912-1987), Hazel Mae (Romine) Harris nee Fletcher (1920-1989) and Mary Madeline (Romine) Vaandre nee Cox (1922-2001). In 1940, his paternal grand- mother, Fannie Ferne (Frost) Romine (1861-1948) (widow), lived with them. His father (one of six children of William Dennis (1859- 1928) and Fannie Romine – married 8 Sept. 1881) was a railroad dispatcher. He was
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 18 November 1942, while living in Athens County, Ohio. He was extensively trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanic s of a B-24 and earned his designation of engineer and his crewman wings. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His sister, Hazel Mae Romine, born 11 May 1920, was a Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.