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2LT James Oliver “Bobby” Warren Jr.

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2LT James Oliver “Bobby” Warren Jr.

Birth
Dunn, Harnett County, North Carolina, USA
Death
26 May 1945 (aged 19)
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial
Dunn, Harnett County, North Carolina, USA
Plot
Block B, Lot 16, Grave 5
Memorial ID
208010082 View Source

James Oliver “Bobby” Warren, Jr. was born July 2, 1925 to Majorie Elizabeth (nee Godwin) and James Oliver Warren in Dunn, North Carolina. He had two younger brothers, Hannibal Godwin, and Richard Moore Warren.

After graduation from high school in Dunn, Bobby attended two years of classes at the University of North Caroline. On June 14, 1943 He enlisted in the Army entering service at Durham North Carolina, Army Serial Number 14203080. After basic training and evaluation he was selected for the Aviation Cadet program.

Bobby went on to graduate earning his silver wings as a Navigator and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Army Officer Serial Number O-2065860. He was then selected for B-29 Superfortress service. This required further training as in B-29s the navigators and bombardiers were cross-trained for both functions with radar school included.

Bobby was then assigned to the 52nd Squadron, 29th Bomb Group (BG) in training at Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas. Bobby was assigned as navigator to the Capt Earl A Russell, Jr. crew. The group deployed to North Field, Guam, Mariana Islands where it became a component of the 314th Bombardment Wing of 21st Bomber Command. Its first combat mission was an attack on Tokyo on 25 February 1945.

On 16 April 1945 the target for the day was Kawasaki, Japan located on the northwestern shore of Tokyo Bay. Bobby was flying with the Russell crew, operating the unnamed B-29, Serial Number 44-69882. Their plane was shot down over the target for unknown reasons but speculated to be by enemy aircraft or anti-aircraft artillery, or a combination of both. Bobby was the only member of the crew to survive able to parachute to safety but quickly captured become a Prisoner of War.

Bobby was held captive at the Tokyo Military Prison located in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. On the night of 25/26 May 1945 21st Bomber Command launched a massive incendiary (fire bomb) mission with the target being Tokyo. As a consequence the Tokyo Military Prison was set ablaze. The Army Air Forces Prisoners of War held there perished in the inferno and the few who did escape were executed by prison guards.

Postwar the remains of Bobby were identified from the remains located in the mass grave at the Tokyo Military Prison. His remains were initially held at Yokohama Cemetery No. 1, until repatriated to the United States in late 1949 with permanent interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Dunn, North Carolina.

Brief bio courtesy Scott Muselin - Vindicator I

James Oliver “Bobby” Warren, Jr. was born July 2, 1925 to Majorie Elizabeth (nee Godwin) and James Oliver Warren in Dunn, North Carolina. He had two younger brothers, Hannibal Godwin, and Richard Moore Warren.

After graduation from high school in Dunn, Bobby attended two years of classes at the University of North Caroline. On June 14, 1943 He enlisted in the Army entering service at Durham North Carolina, Army Serial Number 14203080. After basic training and evaluation he was selected for the Aviation Cadet program.

Bobby went on to graduate earning his silver wings as a Navigator and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Army Officer Serial Number O-2065860. He was then selected for B-29 Superfortress service. This required further training as in B-29s the navigators and bombardiers were cross-trained for both functions with radar school included.

Bobby was then assigned to the 52nd Squadron, 29th Bomb Group (BG) in training at Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas. Bobby was assigned as navigator to the Capt Earl A Russell, Jr. crew. The group deployed to North Field, Guam, Mariana Islands where it became a component of the 314th Bombardment Wing of 21st Bomber Command. Its first combat mission was an attack on Tokyo on 25 February 1945.

On 16 April 1945 the target for the day was Kawasaki, Japan located on the northwestern shore of Tokyo Bay. Bobby was flying with the Russell crew, operating the unnamed B-29, Serial Number 44-69882. Their plane was shot down over the target for unknown reasons but speculated to be by enemy aircraft or anti-aircraft artillery, or a combination of both. Bobby was the only member of the crew to survive able to parachute to safety but quickly captured become a Prisoner of War.

Bobby was held captive at the Tokyo Military Prison located in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. On the night of 25/26 May 1945 21st Bomber Command launched a massive incendiary (fire bomb) mission with the target being Tokyo. As a consequence the Tokyo Military Prison was set ablaze. The Army Air Forces Prisoners of War held there perished in the inferno and the few who did escape were executed by prison guards.

Postwar the remains of Bobby were identified from the remains located in the mass grave at the Tokyo Military Prison. His remains were initially held at Yokohama Cemetery No. 1, until repatriated to the United States in late 1949 with permanent interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Dunn, North Carolina.

Brief bio courtesy Scott Muselin - Vindicator I


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  • Created by: Vindicator I
  • Added: 15 Mar 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 208010082
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/208010082/james-oliver-warren: accessed ), memorial page for 2LT James Oliver “Bobby” Warren Jr. (2 Jul 1925–26 May 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 208010082, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Dunn, Harnett County, North Carolina, USA; Maintained by Vindicator I (contributor 49013635)Lost at War.