MAST, EWALD ALBERT, Staff Sergeant, # 31247318, USAAF
Ewald A. Mast was born in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany on 3 December 1922 to Albert Mast (1894-1970) and Rosa Berta (Karcher) Mast (1894-1964) (married 3 January 1922 in Bruchsak, Germany). Siblings included Curt Albert Mast (1924-2016) (Germany), Rosa (Mast) McGowan (1926-2001), and Christina Julia (Mast) Gray (1928-2014). All were born in Germany and naturalized. He attended the University of Rhode Island.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Providence, Rhode Island, on 30 December 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40783, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow and formed with other B-24s on a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan. Second B-24J lost on same flight: 44-40831, same unit. Formosa Intelligence reported a B-24 shot down in Sea of Takao, by Japanese Submarine Chaser. MP Sgt Masayoshi Kakimoto dispatched to Ryuku Islands (Okinawa, etc.) informed of aviators afloat on sea. Found one and captured him: Capt. George Keats O’Neil. Capt. O’Neil said that Reade, Roney, Mast and Hicks bailed out from forward compartment. Fired on in parachutes and on water. Capt. O’Neil believes all lost. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered on the monument marker of his parents in the Union Cemetery, North Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Curt A, Mast, born 27 March 1924, served in the U.S. Navy from 1941, during WWII and the Korean War. He served aboard the U.S.S. Idaho, U.S.S. Seal, U.S.S. Razorback, and the U.S.S. Burrfish. He stayed in the U.S. Navy Reserves and during the Korean War served aboard the U.S.S. Sabalo. He died 24 September 2016 and is buried in the Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.