2ndLt Sybesma was the co-pilot. SSgt. Aldieri was the right waist gunner. SSgt. Fink was the left waist gunner. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. The loading list included 1stLt Calvin L. Lyons, 1stLt Waldo R. Schneider, 1stLt James W. Smith, 1stLt John A. Bugher, 2ndLt Lawrence Syresma, SSgt Newman Borhart, SSgt Joseph Micchiche, SSgt William R. Jackson, SSgt Sisto A. Algieri, SSgt Laurence A. Fink and SSgt Russell W. Peters. After recovery of his remains from the Mopanshan cemetery in China (two miles north of Chengtu in hills & forest at Changchun Mountain), he was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing, Iowa, in 1948.
PETERS, RUSSELL W., Staff Sergeant, # 35389414, USAAF
Russell W. Peters was born on 11 October 1920 in Youngstown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, to William John Peters (1888- ) and Selma Anna (Wellendorf) Peters (1888-1962) (married 29 June 1911, Mahoning Co., OH). Siblings included Paul W. Peters (1913-1993). In 1920 & 1930 his father was a municipal policeman. In 1942, his parents lied at 415 E. Evergreen Ave., Youngstown, OH.
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, on 9 April 1944, and sent to an advance airfield in China for duty. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria.