Friday, June 30, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Francis Meredith, B-29 Bombardier in China

Lt. Francis Meredith was a bombardier for B-29s in the 468th Bombardment Group similar to the one in this picture. 

Francis E. Meredith never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on June 30, 1917 in Texas. His parents were also both born in Texas. His father worked as a barber. Francis had an older brother and a younger brother. By 1940 he was still living at home while attending North Texas Teachers College.

He enlisted in the army on January 9, 1943 and became a second lieutenant in the 792nd Bombardment Squadron, 468th Bombardment Group, 20th Air Force.

The 792nd Bomb Squad was one of the first units designated to fly the new B-29 Superfortress bombers. The unit was operating out of India and China at the time of Lt. Meredith's death. On November 21, 1944 Lt. Meredith's plane was assigned to participate in a long distance mission to bomb Omura, Japan. He was the bombardier. His plane crashed after taking off from Peng-Shun, China at night. One man survived and the other ten, including Lt. Meredith, were killed.

His grave is at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Denton, Texas.

Thank you Francis for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Francis.

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To mark having over 100,000 visits to my project to honor the fallen of WW2 on their 100th birthdate, I created this video to share.

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