The crew of 44-40780

DICKSON, THEODORE NELSON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-761903, USAAF


Theodore N. Dickson was born on 6 December 1918 in Tacoma, Pierce Co., Washington to John Archibald “Archie” Dickson (1882-1944) (Waco, TX) and Magdalene Tina (Munson) Dickson (1898-    ) (MN) (married 13 January 1918, Pierce Co., WA). Siblings included Pauline K. Dickson (1921-    )  . Living with them in 1920 was a maternal aunt, Pearl E. (Munson) Olsen (1899-    ). His father had a bakery in 1920 and owned a grocery store in 1930.


He registered for the WWIII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the National Bank of Washington, resided at 2102 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA, and described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Santa Ana, California, on 22 February 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1944 a B-24J, “Red Heart Riding Hood,” # 44-40780, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a one-aircraft combat-mine laying mission of the Yangtze River. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed. The crew was killed. Burial was in the Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington.

SCHLENTZ, WAYNE SPERRY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-700666, USAAF


Wayne S. Schlentz was born on 23 March 1918 in Aurora, DuPage Co., Illinois, to John Nicholas Schlentz (1883-1950) and Bernice Genvera (Sperry) Schlentz (1890-1961) (married 14 September 1910, Kane Co., IL). A sibling was Marjorie Lou (Schlentz) Dobbins (1921-1992). Living with them in 1920 was hia maternal grandmother, Jennie Ashling Sperry (1855-1926), widow of Harold Burton Sperry (1855-1912). He graduated from East Aurora High School. He was married to Mary Louise (Diemer) Schlentz, 623 Sexton St., Aurora, Illinois. His daughter was Mary Cassandra Schlentz (1943-1972).