Staff Sergeant Conrad J. Hembree was born on January 19, 1924, in Tuckaleechee, Tennessee. He was the son of John Lewis Hembree and Mary Jane Abbott Hembree. He was the brother of John Natahaniel Hembree, Lula Mae Hembree, Edna Mabel Hembree, Earl Hembree, James Howell Hembree, Paul Hembree, and Lucy Hembree.

He enlisted for military service on February 13, 1943, in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He served in the Pacific Theater in the 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy. He was killed in action on Tuesday, June 13, 1944, and is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines. He was awarded an Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart.

From Pacific Wrecks
1Lt Vosse was co-pilot aboard 64th BS, 43rd BG B-24D 42-72811, which went missing on a mission to Yap on June 13, 1944. The crew for this mission was as follows

Pilot – 1Lt John C Duvall, O-677685 MIA
Co-Pilot – 1Lt Fred M Vosse, O-674916 MIA
Navigator – 2Lt Edward K Cornelius, O-688628 MIA
Bombardier – 2Lt William B Edwards, O-688325 MIA
Radar Operator – 1Lt Roy L Bridges, O-859788 MIA
Engineer – SSgt Charles V Meeder, 13134649 MIA
Radio Operator – TSgt Edward Jennings, 32662937 MIA
Asst Engineer – SSgt Thomas K Manning, 35392158 MIA
Asst Radio Op – SSgt Archie N Jones, 6251438 MIA
Gunner – SSgt Conrad J Hembree, 34721821 MIA
Gunner – Sgt Richard M Farnsworth, 31294168 MIA

Missing Aircrew Report MACR number 9340 deals with loss. It states that members of two other B-24s on this mission saw an aircraft explode in mid-air and crash into the water. Some wreckage was apparently located the following day, though searches for surviving crew members returned no results.

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