HOHNER, JEROME J., Sergeant, # 32817392, USAAF


Jerome J. Hohner was born on 27 September 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, to Peter George Hohner (1876-1966) (Germany) and Caroline (Wunsch) Hohner (1881-1940) (NY) (married 5 May 1903, Manhattan, NY). Siblings included Elizabeth H. (Hohner) Frank (1904-1936), Michael P. Hohner (1905-1988), Marcella Carolina Hohner (1908-    ), Beatrice E. Hohner (1910-1918), Catherine (Hohner) Coty (1912-1983), and Charles Wilbur Hohner (1915-1986). His father was a clothing cutter in 1920-1940).


He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 26 February 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he trained in the maintenance and repair of the weapons on the B-25 Mitchell and earned his crewman wings. He was trained as a gunner. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force and India. On 9 February 1945, a B-25J, “Nina,” # 44-28788, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing mission of Kel-His-Mansam. It was seen by 2ndLt John A. Pennington, 0-718926, 2ndLt Duane H. Troup, 0-777270, and Cpl Robert F. Bishop, 42090299, to hit a tree or trees during its bomb run and crash at 1315 hours at coordinates 21º 56’ North & 97º 49’ East (Kehsi, Mansam, Burma). Cpl. Bishop reported that he was tail gunner on #795 when # 788, the lead B-25, crashed. They were circling and waited for # 788 to make his last bomb run. He watched the B-25 come in at about 1,000’ AGL and descend to about 100-200’. He released 2 bombs, then his right wing hit a high tree on a small hill about 100 yards from the target. Part of the wing separated and the B-25 flipped over on its back and hit the ground and exploded. This was confirmed by the other witnesses. After recovery of the remains of the crew (Evenson, Hohner, Kenner, McJury, Martin & Reno), all were buried in a common grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 21 August 1950 (Sec. 84, Grave 194).


His brother, Charles W. Hohner, born 11 July 1915, served in the U.S. Army from 25 April 1941 to 28 June 1945. He died on 21 December 1986 and is buried in the Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, Suffolk Co., New York (Sec. 12, Grave 9024).