HAVER, JOHN EDWIN, First Lieutenant, # 0-796998, USAAF
John E. Haver was born 18 December 1919 in Onondaga County, New York, to John Edwin Haver (1876-1946) and Barbara M. (Hemmer) Haver (1879-1964). His father was a pharmacist. In 1940, they lived at 152 Forest Hill Drive, Syracuse, New York. A sibling was Virginia Barbara (Haver) O’Connor.
He enlisted in the USAAF on 21 January 1942 at Syracuse, New York, as an aviation cadet. Instead of pilot training, he was trained in the skill of navigation and was the navigator on 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. His remains were buried in the Assumption Cemetery and Mausoleum, Syracuse, New York, on 10 February 1948.
AULTMAN, ELTON L., First Lieutenant, # 0-676401, USAAF
Elton L. Aultman was born on 11 February 1917 in Tift County, Georgia, to Lonnie W. Aultman (1881-1959) and Maude Verlulla (Ammons) Aultman (1888-1965). He graduated from Tifton High School in 1936. He married Sara Cornelia Himmelberger (1919-2000) in 1940. Siblings included Lonnie Warren “Lon” Aultman, Jr. (1914-1985), James Vernon Aultman (1926-1969), and five sisters, Thelma Ione (Aultman) Coburn (1904-1987), Edna F. Aultman (1907-1976), Nina Lois Aultman (1911-1978), Marian (Aultman) Marlett, and Doris Wilmette Aultman (1919-1994).
He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 April 1942 in Douglas, Georgia, and was placed on active duty in August 1942. He completed bombardier school for the B-24 and earned his wings and a commission in Midland, Texas. His advance training was in Tucson, Arizona, and Blythe Field, Blythe, California. More next page.