KADINGER, GILBERT STANLEY, Captain, # 0-430069, USAAF
Gilbert S. Kadinger was born on 28 April 1919 in Hartford, South Dakota to Martin P. Kadinger (1893-1980) and Francis A. Kadinger (1892-1973). Siblings included Leroy Walter Kadinger (1918-1983), Rosemary E. (Kadinger) Vander Schaaf (1923- ), and Madonna Anne (Kadinger) Dirks (1929-1996). He completed two years of college before enlisting.
He enlisted in Vermillion, South Dakota, on 25 November 1940. After starting aviation training, he was selected to train as a navigator on the vaunted B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6334, “Gertrude C,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Yawata, Japan. It was rammed by a Japanese fighter over Yawata and exploded in mid-air. Lt.Col. Clinkscales was leading a four-ship formation when his B-29 was rammed by an enemy fighter over the target at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, and the B-29 disintegrated in the air. Lt.Col. Humphrey, flying 42-6279 in the # 3 position, said the fighter climbed into the B-29 and impacted so that the fighter’s right wing stayed embedded in 42-6334. The remainder of the fighter catapulted in flames over Lt.Col. Humphrey’s right wing. 42-6334 burst into flames and disintegrated. The unidentifiable remains of crew members were buried in a single-casket group ceremony at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Baker, Castleberry, Clinkscales, Fitzpatrick, Himadi, McHenry, and Richardson) (24 September 1949 – Plot 79, Grave 508). The family placed a memorial marker in the Saint George Cemetery, Hartford, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota.
His brother, Leroy W. Kadinger, born 20 February 1918, served in the U.S. Army from 15 July 1941 to 28 May 1946. He died 5 February 1946.