He earned his crewman wings. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6330, “Come-In-23982,” assigned to 20th Air Force, departed Kwanghan, China, for a bombing mission against a target in Japan. The B-29 crashed in China and the crew killed except for SSgt. Virgil E. Belford Jr. He died 8 February 1995 in Great Bend, Barton Co., Kansas, and is buried in the Great Bend Cemetery.

LOBOZZO, ALBERT JAMES, Technical Sergeant, # 33286180, USAAF


Albert J. Lobozzo was borno 4 February 1919 in Canonsburg, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, to Michael Lobzzo (1894-1960) (Bovina, Italy) and Emily Gale (Leone) Lobozzo (1898-1991) (Bovina, Italy). Siblings included Jeanne Marie “Jennie” (Lobozzo) Ciletti (1914-1995, Michael Lobozzo (1917-    ), and Emily I. Lobozzo (1925-    ). He married Elda Vezzi (1915-    ) on 1942 in Pennsyl-vania.


He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 while working for the Union Supply Co., and described himself as 6’, 148 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 30 July 1942 with one year of college completed. He was traimed in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6330, “Fickle Finger of Fate” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 676th Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy), departed Kwanghan, China, for a bombing mission against the target of the iron works in Yawata, Japan. The B-29 crashed into a cliff near its base in China after the mission and eleven of the crew was killed except for one survivor, SSgt. Belford. The unit earned the Distinguished Unit Citation (ribbon) for the Yawata raid. His remains were recovered from the grave in China and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 14 January 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 966). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.