The next-of-kin were listed as:


                                                       Killebrew         Mr Jack R Killebrew, F, Rte 3, Clarksville, TN

                                                       Eggers             Mr Stacy C Eggers, F, Box 248, Boone, N.C.

                                                       Heins               Mr Charles Heins, F, 40 N. Main St, Lanbertville, NJ

                                                       Meeks              Mr Charles L Meeks, F, Main St, Seven Mile, OH

                                                       Ovial               Mr John Ovial, F, 710 Park St, California, PA

                                                       Young              Mr Hale Young, F, Warrenton, MO

                                                       Sheridan          Mrs Margaret M Sheridan, M, 162 Washngton Ave, Hawthorne, NJ

                                                       Morrow            Mr Cicero L Morrow, F, Waynesboro, TN

                                                       Normand         Mrs Mable M Norman, W, 4013 Connecticut St, Gary, IN

                                                       Cornelius         Mrs Zoma Cornelius, M, 801 Mary St, Texarkansas, AR

                                                       Chard               Mrs Marguerite Chard, M, 12879 Riad St, Detroit, Mich.



Joseph P. Killebrew was born on 13 May 1919 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee, to John “Jack” Ross Killebrew (1895-1969) and Emily Meta (Marshall) Killebrew (1894-1954). Siblings included Alfred Buckner Killebrew (1920-2008), Meta Elizabeth (Killebrew) Silvey (1921-2002) and Gretchen (Killebrew) Duke (1925-2009). He was married to Marjorie (Barker) Killebrew.


With two years of college completed, he enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 2 June 941. He completed extensive training as a bomber pilot and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was selected to pilot the B-29 Superfortress. On 21 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-6278, “Acid Test,” of the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bomb Group, 770th Bomb Squadron, Piardoba, India, departed the airfield at Kulainglai, China, on a bombing mission to Omura, Japan. It was fired upon by enemy aircraft over the target aircraft assembly plant at Omura, Japan, at about 0802 hours. Capt. Abranovic reported that they had just left the target and were making a right turn when a B-29 was reported spinning to the ground from an altitude of about 22,000 feet. Lt.Col. Sullivan reported that B-29 #278 was out of control and entered a spin after a fighter attack over Omura, Japan, and that it passed under his B-29. Capt. Johnson reported that an enemy fighter attacked and #278 went out of control, turning to the left and nearly colliding with # 389. He saw the B-29 to their left going down in a vertical spin to the right. His gunners reported the B-29 still spinning at about 5,000 feet below them before sight of it was lost. No parachutes were seen. He and his crew are remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and on the Tablets of the Missing, Hawaii.

Capt. & Marjorie Killebrew