My wife’s uncle, Sgt Herbert Roth, was killed on December 7, 1944 when a Japanese suicide plane rammed his B-29 Superfortress near Mukden, China. Sgt Roth, the radar operator was seen falling from the plane with an unopened parachute. No remains were ever found. The plane had taken off from India and had flown the famous “Hump” of the Himalaya mountains between China and India. The bomber was named “Humpin’ Honey” and had a drawing of a pretty girl on the nose.
Only 2 crew members survived. Here is a link to their story.
Initially, there was a lot of confusion as to the fate of Sgt. Roth. For many years, the Roth family held out hope that Herbert would return some day. Thanks to the Department of Defense and the efforts of veterans groups, the tragic story has been explained in greater detail in recent years.
The family still mourns the loss of their beloved “Herbie”, but are proud of his actions on behalf of our country.