Internment services were held for 9 members of the B-29, Haley's Comet, on
May 10, 1949 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Section E 62.
The B-29, Haley's Comet, A22, 42-24616, was assigned to the 870th Squadron, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Wing on Saipan.
Captain Walter S. McDonnell, Pilot
1/Lt David C. Williams, Copilot
1/Lt William Pleus, Bombardier
2/Lt Joseph Bena, Navigator
2/Lt Graydon V. Hardy, Flight Engineer
S/Sgt Cecil V. Hassell, Radio Operator
Sgt James F. Campbell, Gunner
Sgt Albert W. Preisser, Gunner
S/Sgt John J. Connell, CFC
Lt. Vere D. Carpenter, Radar Operator
Sgt Clint F. Lodovici, Tailgunner
The B-29, “Haley’s Comet”, took off from Saipan to bomb the Nakajima
Aircraft Factory in Musashino, a western suburb of Tokyo. Poor weather, intense flak and fighters attack the formation. This B-29 was hit
by flak and fighters and fell behind in the formation with its bomb bay on fire. It was continually attacked by fighters until
“Haleys Comet” was rammed by a Japanese fighter. The B-29 crashed Ishino, Shisui Town, Inba County, Chiba Prefecture.
Lt Carpenter and Sgt Lodovici parachuted, were captured and survived the Omori POW Camp.
Superfortress, 42-63513, “Ramp Queen,” and crew were assigned to the 877th Squadron of the 499th
Bomb Group. On May 26, 1945, while participating in one of the largest bombing
missions over Tokyo, in the moonlight, the aircraft was shot down off the coast of Nara by a Japanese fighter stationed at
Yokosuka Naval Base. On October 24, 1949 six crewmembers were buried in Section E Site 190-191 at the Zachary Taylor National
Cemetery. The Radio Operator, Sgt Paul H. Norris was buried at Site 192 on the same day.
1/Lt Burrell, Edward K, Pilot Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
S/Sgt Fox, William L, Engineer Zachary Taylor
F/O Knuteson, John W, Navigator Zachary Taylor
2/Lt Seeley, Andrew J, Bombardier Zachary Taylor Nat’l
2/Lt Williamson, Richard Jr, Copilot Zachary Taylor
Pvt Morelli, Louis J, Gunner Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
Sgt Norris, Paul H. Radio Operator Zachary
Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
Francis J. Radar Operator
Warren L. Fire Control
Edward P. Jr, Gunner
Stanley, Gunner Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Japanese reporting indicates
that Cpl Forystek and Sgt Olson were taken to the military Police Headquarters both having burns. Cpl Forystek died on May
27, 1945 and Sgt Olson on June 5, 1945 by suicide with poison shortly after interrogation by the military police commander
in a medical treatment room of the GHQ Criminal Affairs Bureau. Near the end of June eight unidentified bodies washed ashore
near the crash site and were buried at the scene.
This B-29 Superfortress,
42-65327, “Princess Eileen IV,” and crew were assigned to the 678th Squadron of the 444th
Bomb Group. On May 25, 1945 the aircraft crashed near Mt. Yamane Toyosato village
with the target for the mission being Tokyo City. On October 24, 1949 two members of the crew, Sgt Pittaro and Sgt Bickell,
were buried with the crew of “Ramp Queen” in Section E Plot 190-191 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
Capt Siler, John E, Pilot KIA
Lt Streink, William
Lt Newcomb, John
Lt Orzilli, Roger
Lt Fuentes, Manuel,
Engineer Honolulu Memorial Cemetery
Vincent F, Radar Operator Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery
G. Bickell, Gunner Zachary Taylor Nat’l
Howard, Radio Operator Long Island Nat’l Cemetery
Daniel, Central Fire Control
Joseph J, Gunner Honolulu Memorial Cemetery
Donald R, Tailgunner
John J, Passenger
records indicate Lt. Streink, Lt. Newcomb, Lt. Orzilli, Sgt Bloodgood and Lt. McEachern were taken to the military police
headquarters. S/Sgt Press fled the scene up in the mountains. However on June 10 two women identified him to the military
The B-29, 42-24766, "Leading Lady", assigned to the 882nd Squadron, 500th Bomb Group,
73rd Wing , was lost on January 3, 1945. The crew was buried on August 13, 1949 in Section E 114 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
E, Hurlbutt, Pilot
2/Lt Felix P.
1/Lt Glendon M. Aitken, Bombardier
1/Lt Glenn C,
Truesdell, Flight Engineer
1/Lt Edward H.
S/Sgt Paul E, Dreyer, Radar
Sgt Joseph P.
Nighan, Radio Operator
Sgt Karl Hunt, Gunner
Sgt Frank J, Yanik, Gunner
P, Steinberg, Gunner
Lt Col Marcus A, Mullen,
Sgt Harold T. Hedges, Tailgunner – POW
Fifty seven of ninety seven 73rd BW B-29's dispatched to bomb port facilities
and urban areas of Nagoya with incendiary bombs; and 21 attack alternate targets. Japanese fighters fly 300+ attacks on the
bombers and 5 B-29's are lost. Gunners claim 14-14-20 Japanese aircraft.
SgtThomas H. Hedges – POW – He was moved
to Osaka Kempei Tai Headquarters, then to Tokyo Kempei and imprisoned in Omori POW Camp.
the 500th Bomb Group piloted by Major Wilbur "Barney" Hurlbutt was rammed between the nose and the No. 3 engine over Okazaki,
southeast of Nagoya. Sgt. Harold T. Hedges, the tail gunner and only survivor reported their last seconds:
slid out of formation and fell 5,000 feet. We leveled out for just a second, the right side exploded and the aircraft rolled
over on her it's back and went into a spin. Just as it rolled over it threw me out of my escape hatch. I opened my chute right
after I went out and I was watching the ship spin down. Two Japanese fighters came in strafing me and I lost sight of the
ship. That was the last time I saw it or the crew."
Japanese sources say "it was probably the result of an accidental
collision rather then an intentional ramming."
A Japanese Report
the Nagoya city bombing which becomes first anti- urban district incendiary bomb air raid, 15:14 around flying Tsubame of
the resident in Komaki army 55th squadron (Daita actual lieutenant junior grade operation) direct attack against the third
engine and between the nose. To become operation impossible, the Aichi prefecture east Kamo Gun Matsudaira village fascine
[me] (reality: Aichi prefecture Toyota checks flat fascine [me]) fall. Daita lieutenant junior grade death in battle.The only survivorAs for HEDGES sergeant 4 day
restraint, Okazaki military policeman amount place, Toyohashi military policeman squad, by way of the Nagoya military policeman
party, in the Nagoya division headquarters sending 致. From middle of January Nagoya in resident in Osaka center Army
Headquarters sending 致. In the Osaka army jail commitment. By the March 1st defense General Headquarters indication,
accommodation to main place of Tokyo 俘虜 internment camp.
The B-29, Z Square 7, 42-63486, was assigned to the 881st Squadron, 500th
Bomb Group, 73rd Wing. They were shot down in Tokyo Bay on May 24, 1945 with one survivor. The crew was buried
October 4, 1949 in Section E 179 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
1/Lt Eugene M. Thomas,
2/Lt Francis X. Glacken,
1/Lt William H Hain,
2/Lt Norman B. Bassett,
M/Sgt Richard C.
T/Sgt Bishop K. Mitchell,
S/Sgt Sam H Bradford,
P. Demers, Gunner
Sgt Louis A. Dorio,
Sgt John F. Slater,
1/Lt Robert G. Phillips,
Shortly after 4AM
and releasing their bombs on the target, the plane was hit with flak on the right wing. Unable to extinguish the fire they
were going to the rescue submarine when the plane was hit with flak again in the rear that destroyed all the controls including
the intercom. Lt Thomas, Lt. Glacken and S/Sgt Sam Bradford parachuted from the front hatch. It is believed T/Sgt Mitchell
and Lt Bassett parachuted from the open bomb bay. Lt Phillips was the last man to leave the front of the plane and the only
survivor. Just seconds after he parachuted the plane exploded in mid-air and fell into Tokyo Bay burning. It stayed on top
of the water for about 10 minutes before slipping beneath the waves of Tokyo Bay. The status of the crewmen in the rear of
the plane is unknown due to the loss of the intercom.
The B-29 “In The Mood” 42-24826, assigned to the 483rd
Squadron, 505th Bomb Group, was shot down on May 26, 1945 and most of the crew was buried in Section E 20, Zachary
Taylor National Cemetery on February 11, 1949. They were held at the USAF Mausoleum-Yokohama No. 1 until interred in their
final resting place at the National Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.
Captain Alvie A. Brooks,
1/Lt Paul W. Monahan, Copilot
1/Lt Elmer H. Ferkel, Bombardier
1/Lt Charles O. Pitt, Navigator
M/Sgt John B. Wright, Flight
T/Sgt Halden S. Adrion, CFC
Sgt Charles Couchman, Radio
Operator – POW at Omori
Sgt Harold S.
Leavitt, Radar Operator – POW at Omori
Sgt Glidden C.
Lurvey, Gunner– POW at Omori
Sgt John MacGuire,
Tailgunner – POW at Omori
2/Lt Francis F. Jensen, Gunner - POW location
1st Lt Francis F Jensen Jr of the B-29 "In the Mood"
He was captured and had suffered burns. The Japanese doctor poisoned him with Potassium Cyanide
on 28 June 1945 at the Omori POW Camp. His remains are at the Honolulu Cemetery, "P-0-526".
"Another mission, and it was a good one. Didn't see much at all except
a bunch of searchlights and a lot of fires. Tokyo just isn't what it used to be although quite a few of the guys were shot
Sandy said about two nights later:
to Tokyo again. It certainly was different from the night before. Don't know if they found out we were coming or what but
they certainly were ready. They really were pouring up the old fire at us. It's been three or four missions since we've seen
any like it. It looked like a solid sheet when we started in. I'm telling you, Ma, everyone in that plane was scared. Sounds
as though we had switched dates! But both missions turned out pretty bad for a lot of the crews."
(Mission 183) During the night of 25-26 May, 464 B-29's dispatched
from the XXI BC attack Tokyo urban areas immediately south of the Imperial Palace and just north of that bombed on 23-24 May
with 3262 tons of incendiary bombs which destroyed financial, commercial and governmental districts as well as factories and
homes; six B-29's attack other targets. The AAF claims 19 Japanese fighters. Twenty-six B-29's are lost (the largest loss
of B-29's and crews in a single day).
From a Japanese Report:
In Tokyo urban district air raid where becomes 23rd combat mission, alternating
with the original left crew, Jensen lieutenant junior grade of 505th bombardment group gunnery officer embarking, In the Mood
which participated received anti-aircraft shell 2 shot direct bomb hits, the Saitama prefecture Kawaguchi city good fortune
藏 fell in the Nitta rice field. 6 corpses who exclude 5 people who succeed in parachute escaping were collected from
actual place, Kawaguchi city in dense 藏 institute of the line field were cremated were enshrined cheaply.
It became June 10th serious condition at the eastern military policeman party headquarters
prison and the medicine 4 people who exclude Jensen lieutenant junior grade who kills after the war returned home
This B-29 Superfortress,
42-24828, “Lil Spook,” and crew were assigned to the 484th Squadron of the 505th Bomb Group.
On May 26, 1945, the aircraft was lost over Tokyo while participating in one of the largest air operations in the history
of the world. Japanese records indicate that the crewmen were buried in the Koishikawa Army Cemetery after removal from the
wreckage. Eleven of the twelve crewmen were buried in Section E Site 175-177 on October 13, 1949 at the Zachary Taylor National
1/Lt Helfert, William F,
1/Lt Bickford, Russell E, Copilot
Sgt Campbell, Ivan H, Radio Operator
Capt Petersen, Robert L, Observer
Sgt Coz, Edward G, Tailgunner
Sgt Neely, Joseph H Jr, Central Fire Control
Sgt Pearce, Herbert C, Left Gunner
F/O Purcell, John E, Navigator
S/Sgt Van Cleve, Harold A, Engineer
2/Lt Weakley, Thomas B, Bombardier
Sgt McQuade, William J, Right Gunner .
2/Lt Brimeyer, Joseph L, Radar Operator KIA
This B-26, Marauder, crashed in Brazil enroute to the war in Europe.
The plane and crew were probably assigned to the 320th Bomb Group. They were buried on May 6, 1948 in Section
E 1 at the Zachary Taylor Nat’l Cemetery.
1/Lt Theodore T. Handley, Pilot
2/Lt Raymond J. Carson, Copilot
F/O James E. Johnson, Jr, Navigator
Cpl George W. Bodin, Radio-Gunner
S/Sgt Wesley W. Fulton, Engineer-Gunner – Unknown Burial Location
an overcast afternoon in January 1945, the B-26 crashed on Vakayri Mountain near Belem.