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1LT Eugene James Redinger
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1LT Eugene James Redinger Veteran

Birth
New York, New York County, New York, USA
Death
26 May 1945 (aged 25)
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Monument
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA Add to Map
Plot
Courts of the Missing, Court 7
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1LT. Eugene J. Redinger was Co-Pilot on the B-29 #42-63423 "Were Wolf" of the 20th AAF, 497th BG (VH), 870th BS. Departed Saipan, Marianas Islands on 27th January 1945 for a bombing mission of the Musachina Aircraft Engine Factory, Tokyo, Japan. The weather was poor 8/10. The squadron was attacked with heavy anti aircraft flak and enemy fighters. A enemy J1N1 Irving fighter shot down the bomber causing a fire in the bomb bay area. According to the MACR #11620 The Bomber exploded mid-air, into 2 pieces and crashed near Shbazee, Dugenji, Fujimaya City. No parachutes were seen.
Later records record that 4 persons were killed in the crash, 7 personnel bailed out. 3 parachutes failed to open. 4 were captured and became POW's. 1LT. Redinger parachuted and was captured and interred in the Shibuya POW camp, Kanagawa-ken, Japan. This camp was accidently fire bombed on 26 May 1945. His remains were recovered after the war and reinterred in the United States in the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal, POW Medal and Purple Heart.

1LT. Eugene J. Redinger was Co-Pilot on the B-29 #42-63423 "Were Wolf" of the 20th AAF, 497th BG (VH), 870th BS. Departed Saipan, Marianas Islands on 27th January 1945 for a bombing mission of the Musachina Aircraft Engine Factory, Tokyo, Japan. The weather was poor 8/10. The squadron was attacked with heavy anti aircraft flak and enemy fighters. A enemy J1N1 Irving fighter shot down the bomber causing a fire in the bomb bay area. According to the MACR #11620 The Bomber exploded mid-air, into 2 pieces and crashed near Shbazee, Dugenji, Fujimaya City. No parachutes were seen.
Later records record that 4 persons were killed in the crash, 7 personnel bailed out. 3 parachutes failed to open. 4 were captured and became POW's. 1LT. Redinger parachuted and was captured and interred in the Shibuya POW camp, Kanagawa-ken, Japan. This camp was accidently fire bombed on 26 May 1945. His remains were recovered after the war and reinterred in the United States in the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal, POW Medal and Purple Heart.


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