On May 1, 1943 Redmon was the radio operator on B-24D #41-42513 serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of an eight plane mission to bomb Japanese cargo ships in the harbor at Rangoon, Burma. Immediately after dropping their bombs they were attacked by enemy fighter planes, knocking out two engines and wounding four of the crew. Their plane fell out of formation and the fighters continued their attacks until the bomber was able to lose them in cloud cover.
Approximately an hour later they were finally unable to keep the plane in the air and crash landed in a rice paddy northwest of Bassein, Burma. By this point three of the crew had died of their wounds. The remaining crew set out on foot through the jungle in hopes of reaching India. They were attacked by a Japanese patrol and Redmon was killed in the skirmish.
He was from King County, WA, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.
Kenneth B Redmon
Gravesite Details Entered the service from Washington.