Monday, March 5, 2018

WW2 Fallen - B-29 flight engineer William Luman + a Nobel Prize winner

Lt. William Luman was a flight engineer in the 29th Bombardment Group.
William Earl Luman never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on March 5, 1918 in Ohio. His parents Amos and Alice were also both born in Ohio. His father worked as a farm laborer. William had four older brothers, two older sisters, and one younger sister. Three of his brothers served in the war. By 1940 William had completed four years of high school. We was living with his parents and working as a laborer in the clay industry.

He was drafted into the army on August 10, 1942. He volunteered for the Army Air Forces and became a flight engineer and sergeant in the 43rd Bombardment Squad, 29th Bombardment Group, 20th Air Force which was equipped with B-29 Superfortresses. The 29th BG was sent to Guam in December 1944. By February 1945 it was making strategic bombing missions to Japan.

Sgt. Luman got to Guam in late March. He took off on his fourth and final mission on May 3, 1945. I was unable to find additional details.

His grave is at Pleasant Union Cemetery in Old Fort, Ohio

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

James Tobin
On the same day that William Luman was born in Ohio, James Tobin was born in Illinois. As a youth he excelled as a student and was accepted into Harvard University where he graduated summa cum laude in 1939 with a degree in economics.

During the war Tobin joined the navy and served as an officer on the destroyer USS Kearny.
After the war Tobin got a professorship at Yale and became a leading Keynesian economist. In 1981 he was award the Nobel Prize for economics. He died in 2002.

I mention these renowned WW2 veterans from time to time so we can reflect on what achievements were missed from the fallen who never made it home.

Last year on this date I profiled C-47 flight engineer Theodore Slocki. You can read about Theodore here.

On behalf of the fallen, if you would like to see more people become aware of this project to honor the WW2 fallen, be sure to share with others on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Thanks for your interest!

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