Sgt Seth Rigby

Sgt Seth Rigby

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Apr 1945 (aged 19–20)
At Sea
Burial Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 53891326 · View Source
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Seth served as a Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-29A #42-94034, 6th Bomber Squadron, 29th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Bear, New Castle County, Delaware prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 17, 1943 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist apprentice and also as Single, without dependents.

B-29A #42-94034 took off, with a crew of 11 and 1 passenger, from North Field, Guam on a bombing mission over Kawasaki, Japan. They were attacked by both ground anti-aircraft fire and Japanese fighter planes.

They were shot down and crashed into the sea off Enoshima Island, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on April 16, 1945 during the war. Three crewmen survived this crash and became POW's of the Japanese Army. (see below)

Seth was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He had served in the Air Corps for one year and four months at the time of his death and was decorated with an Air Medal and Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the Yokohama Cemetery No. 1, Japan and was later repatriated here.

Service # 42080739

Son of Townsend J. Rigby and Edna Nichols Rigby.

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Airmen who perished on B-29A #42-94034:

Bond, John T ~ M/Sgt, TX
Kuzdrall, Anthony A ~ 1st Lt, MI
MacNiven, Donald W ~ Sgt, CT ~ *
Manning, Clifford ~ 2nd Lt, KY ~ *
Parrish, Keith W ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MO
Remmetter, Paul E ~ 1st Lt, Passenger, OH
Rigby, Seth ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, DE
Schubert, Donald L ~ Sgt, Gunner, MA ~ *
Seigfried, Earl E ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Spencer, Lee R ~ Sgt, OR
Vining, Gordon G ~ 1st Lt, VA
Watson, William W ~ Capt, Pilot, OH

* ~ Sgt. Donald W. MacNiven, 2nd Lt. Clifford Manning, and Sgt Donald L. Schubert survived the crash and were transported to a prison in Toyko. During the U.S. bombing of Toyko on May 24-26, 1945 they were locked into a room in the prison and they, along with 49 other American Soldiers, were killed during the bombing.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 20 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 53891326
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Seth Rigby (1925–16 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 53891326, citing Newark Cemetery, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .