HUMPHREY, ROBERT M., Second Lieutenant, # 0-864212, USAAF
Robert M. Humphrey was born on 14 February 1920 in Wausau, Wisconsin, to Howell Harris Humphrey (1887- ) and Florence B. (McLay) Humphrey (1891- ). His father graduated from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1912. Siblings included David McLay Humphrey (1922-2005), John R. Humphrey (1925- ), Helen Humphrey (1931- ) and Margaret Humphrey (1932- ). In 1942 the family lived at 1211 7th St., Wausau, Wisconsin.
He enlisted in the USAAF on 26 July 1943. After enlisting he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, then to an advance airfield in China. On 20 August 944, a B-29, # 42-6408, “Reddy Teddy,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Imperial steel works at Yawata, Japan, and upon dropping their bombs, at 1645 hours at 26,000 feet, was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was lost. Most of the crew survived. B-29 42-608 was seen to received direct hits from enemy anti-aircraft fire over the target and went into a dive. Parachutes were seen. 2ndLt Roberts suffered traumatic amputation of right leg. Kennard and Roberts were dragged through the streets by civilians and beaten. He died in a Japanese hospital. 1stLt Pickett suffered severe burns and was grossly mistreated by the Japanese. Lt. Rewitz suffered burns. SSgt Bishop heard Japanese interrogators questioning SSgt Kazarian. Subsequently discovered that Lt. Pickett, Lt. Rewitz, Lt. Humphrey, F/O Kennard, SSgt Armstrong and SSgt Kazarian were imprisoned in the POW camp in Japan. He was captured and imprisoned as a POW in the Shinjuku POW Camp, Tokyo, Japan, in the Tokyo Bay area. After medical care and return to duty, he was separated from service on 2 July 1946. He died on 9 November 2008 in Fort Myers, Lee Co., Florida.