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  B-29-10-BW "Gertrude C" Serial Number 42-6368  
20th AF
468th BG
794th BS

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Nakamura Kenichi 1944
Pilot  Lt. Col. Robert S. Clinkscales, O-401370 (KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. David S. Castleberry, O-684275 (KIA, BR)
Navigator  Captain Gilbert S. Kodinger, O-430069 (KIA, BR)
Bombardier  Captain Stanley S. Smyth, O-430069 (KIA, BR) CA
2nd Lt. David E. Himadi, O-859844 (KIA, BR)
Radio  MSgt Wallace Richardson, Jr., 17021574 (KIA, BR)
Radar  TSgt James M. Couttes, 16045330 (KIA, BR)
Gunner  TSgt George W. Bell, 16070091 (KIA, BR)
Gunner  SSgt Paul S. Brouillard, 1756994 (KIA, BR) MN
Gunner  TSgt John T. Fitzpatrick, 6916890 (KIA, BR)
Gunner  MSgt Clarence L. McHenry, 19010401 (KIA, BR)
Asst Engineer  MSgt Lou F. Baker, 38003075 (KIA, BR)

Crashed  August 20, 1944
MACR  15380

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 468th Bombardment Group, 794th Bombardment Group. Nicknamed "Gertrude C". When lost, weapon and engine serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 15380.

Mission History
On August 20, 1944 took off from Pengshan Airfield in China on a bombing mission over Yawata. Aboard was Clinkscales' pet cocker spaniel named "Sally". Over Yawata, this bomber was flying in the no. 1 position in a diamond formation of four bombers.

While dropping their bombs, Ki-45 Nick piloted by Nobe rammed this bomber head on, its right wing impacting the bomber's left wing between the no. 1 engine and the wingtip and caused the wing fuel tank to explode, and the wreckage of the Japanese fighter cartwheeled into the rest of the formation. A piece of wreckage struck the tail of B-29 "Calamity Sue" 42-6334, causing it to enter a spin and crash. Nobe's attack was the first deliberate ramming of B-29s over Japan.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After their remains were recovered, they were transported to the United States for permenanty burial.

Smyth is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery section C site 13-A.
Brouillard is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery section C-24 site 13737.
The others are buried in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 79 site 508.
The graves of Kodinger, Couttes and Bell are unknown, presumed to be in private cemeteries in their hometowns.
Castleberry has a memorial marker at Happy Cemetery in Happy, TX.
Richardson has a memorial marker at Marlow Cemetery in Marlow, OK.
Bell has a memorial marker at Ridgelawn Memorial Park in Barboursville, WV.

David Castleberry (grandson of David S. Castleberry)

Missing Air Crew Report 15380 (MACR 15380)
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 14-18
Pacific Air Combat WWII pages 67-70, 72 (photo)
Sgt Nobe rams and downs two B-29s over Kyushu by Nakamura Kenichi
FindAGrave - Robert S Clinkscales (photo, group burial)
FindAGrave - David A Castleberry (group burial)
FindAGrave - Lieut David A. Castleberry (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Stanley S Smyth (grave photo)
FindAGrave - David E Himadi (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Wallace Richardson, Jr (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Wallace H. Richardson, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - George W Bell (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Paul S Brouillard (grave photo)
FindAGrave - John Thomas Fitzpatrick (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Clarence L McHenry (group burial photo)

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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