LEVY, HERBERT JERALD, Staff Sergeant, # 11095940, USAAF


Herbert G. Levy was born 23 January 1922 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Harry B. Levy (1892-1964) and Clara I. (Greenburg) Levy (1897-1970) (born Romania). Siblings included Marion Beatrice Levy (1924-1998), Ruth Levy (1927-    ), Arline Levy (1931-    ). He was a 1939 graduate of Weaver High School, Hartford, Connecticut, where he always had “[a] ready smile, flashing eyes, and cheery greetings are never failing characteristics of ‘Jerry.’ In keeping with his harmonius personality, music interests him very much. He socializes considerably, but his studies were not neglected. Herbert plans to attend college before starting out seriously in the ‘cruel world!’ Honor Society.” Before enlisting, he was employed by Aetna Life Insurance.


He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, while living at 168 Adams St., Hartford, Connecticut, and described himself as 5’6”, 142 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. He enlisted in Hartford, Connecticut, on 29 September 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radios and interphone on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to the 20th Air Force in the South Pacific, India and China. He was the Radio Operator and a Gunner on his assigned B-29 crew. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6230, the “Limber Duggan,” departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and did not return. They were shot down by an enemy fighter over Wakamatsu Fukuoka, Japan (the first to be shot down over Japan). All of the crew were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single casket group grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 8 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 209). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

HYMEL, ROBERT JOSEPH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-865761, USAAF


Robert J. Hymel was born on 13 September 1919 in Killona, Louisiana to Sidney George Hymel (1891-1958) and Louise N. (Torregrosa) Hymel (1894-1985. Siblings included Signey George Hymel Jr. (1916-1981), Virginia Clothide (Hymel) Becnel (1918-2003), and his twin sister, Heloise (Hymel) Becnel (1917-2013)


He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 while living at 1706 Joliet, New Orleans, Louisiana. He worked for Lynn Bishop, 3032 St. Peter, New Orleans, LA. He described himself as 5’8”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. After enlisting, he received extensive training in the maintenance and operation of the new radar equipment available on the B-29 Superfortress.