STRINGFELLOW, GRANVILL BLAKE, First Lieutenant, # 0-725549, USAAF
Granvill B. Stringfellow was born 6 February 1917 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, to Ervin Edward Stringfellow (1884-1962) and Myrtle Mae (Blake) Stringfellow (1883-1974) (born Iowa and Illinois, respectively) (married 22 June 1909, Mahaska, Iowa). Siblings included Wilma Virginia Stringfellow (1910-1999), Ervin Rundell Stringfellow (1912-1999), Helen Louise Stringfellow (1913-1984). The 1940 census shows the parents and Granville home in Des Moines, Iowa (Father a university professor and Granvill an advertising artist).
He enlisted in the USAAF on 3 November 1941 at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas, with four years college completed. He completed pre-flight, flight and four-engine rating school for the B-24, earning his wings and commission. He was the pilot of the B-24J, # 42-73159 (“Tough Baba”), assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Pandaveswar, India, enroute to bomb Insein, Burma, where the Japanese maintained a railway marshalling and repair workshops. It was attacked by enemy fighters and crashed in flames and exploded. One crewman bailed out to become a POW and die in prison. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Presidential Unit Citation, Air Medal and Purple Heart. A Graves Registration team recovered remains of Stringfellow, MacPhersn, Robertson, Lasell, Archer, Bowen, Cieslak, Ley, Vanis, and Tidd and returned the remains to the U.S. The remains were buried in graves (group - Stringfellow, Archer, Bowen, Cieslak, Lasell, Ley, MacPherson, Robertson, Tidd, & Vanis) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 19 December 1949 (Sec. 79, Graves 449C-449D & 449E) . Hs father taught at a Drake University.
His brother, Ervin R. Stringfellow, born 21 August 1911, (graduated from Thedore Roosevelt High School and Drake University with teacher's degree), served in the U.S. Army, #37673391, from 18 June 1943 to 31 December 1945 (overseas 21 June 1944 - 26 December 1945). He died 16 May 1999 and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Des Moine, Iowa.