BOE, ARNOLD MARTIN, Second Lieutenant, USAAF


Arnold M. Boe was born on 25 June 1920 in Michigan to John J. Boe (1886-1972) (Norway) and Martha (Paulson) Boe (1892-1952) (Wisc.) (married 4 October 1913 in Chicago, IL). Siblings include Vivian Synove M. (Boe) Ulseth (1914-1996). He married Leslie Florence Mayhew in 1943 in Broward Co., Florida, and she lived at 19171 Lancashire Rd., Detroit, Michigan.


He enlisted in the USAAF on 20 October 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his training and earned his commission on 29 July 1943. 2ndLt Boe was not on the crew roster for 42-6280 but his name and next-of-kin were added to the next-of-kin list. Why this discrepancy exists is unknown.

CABRAL, ROBERT W. Staff Sergeant, # 39120945, USAAF


Robert W. Cabral was born on 8 December 1923 in Santa Clara Co., California, to Manuel V. Cabral (1891-1939) (Hawaii) and Ruth Ann (Lippert) Cabral (1893-1995) (CA). Siblings included Walter Manual Cabral (1914-2000), Elmer D. “Jack” Cabral (1917-1991), Yvonne R. (Cabral) Schulman (1919-1985), and Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross Cabral (1926-2004).


He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 20 January 1943. He trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment and interphone system on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his crewman wings. On 14 October 1944, a B-29, # 42-680, “Klank-Klank,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Dudhkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678h Bomb Squadron, departed Kwanghang, China, on a bombing mission to Okayma, Taiwan, and was “lost due to unknown reasons.” All died in the crash of the B-29 Superfortress. 42-6280 was believed to have been seen when the formation was coming together at Sui-Ning (30-29 N – 105-36 E) at about 0700. The formation entered an overcast and 42-6280 was not seen again. B-29, 42-6202 landed at Liangshan, believes he heard 42-6280 calling Liangshan when 42-6202 was circling Liangshan before landing at about 1600. His remains, with the unidentifiable remains of the crew, were recovered from China and all were buried in a two-casket group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Site 426 C & D). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

LEVINE, LEO W., Staff Sergeant, # 32627624, USAAF


Leo W. Levne was born on 1922 in New York City, New York, to Meyer Levine (1887-1968) and Mary Frieda Levine (1894-1984) (both born in Russia). Siblings included Ashes Levine (1901-    ) (Russia), Lillian “Lillie” Levine (1903-1972), Jennie Levine (1906-    ), Eva Levine (1908-2001),  Sylvia Levine (1920-    ). In 1910 his father was a tailor. In 1930 his father was a butcher. On 5 June 1917, his father registered for the WW I draft and lived at 324 East 19th St., Manhattan, New York City, New York. He stated he had a wife and four children. He described himself as of medium height and build with black hair and blue eyes (partially bald). In 1910, his paternal uncle, Morris Levine (1885-    ) (Russia) lived with them and also worked as a tailor. His mother recorded him as an MIA Jewish serviceman, while she lived at 97-68 Corona Ave., Corona, Long Island, New York, New York. He had a four-year college degree.