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
RCM 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
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.
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
FindAGrave - Robert S Clinkscales (photo, group burial)
FindAGrave - David A Castleberry (group burial)
FindAGrave - Lieut David A. Castleberry (memorial marker photo)
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)
Paul S Brouillard (grave photo)
John Thomas Fitzpatrick (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Clarence L McHenry (group burial photo)
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June 29, 2019