Born in 1922
Enlisted on December 13, 1941, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Parents: Dewey R. and Ruby E. Gentry
Siblings: Willard E. Gentry, Erma N. Gentry, Betty Lou Gentry, Ellen Josephine Gentry, and Reba E Gentry

Corporal Edward R. Gentry was a tail gunner on a B-29. He was assigned to the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bombardment Group, 770th Bombardment Squadron. On May 14, 1945, Cpl Gentry was one of 472 B-29s that took off from West Field on Tinian Island on a bombing mission against the urban area north of Nagoya. Near the initial point, the formation was intercepted by a Japanese fighter believed to be a J1M3 Jack. This B-29 was hit in the no. 3 engine, causing it to start smoking, pull out of formation, and jettison its bombs. The right wing caught fire and at least seven parachuted out before it crashed and exploded into Iseno Bay. Corporal Gentry was Killed in Action.

Crew members of aircraft B-29 with serial number 44-69966
Pilot, 1st Lt Dean H. Sherman
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Theodore C. Reynolds
Navigator, 2nd Lt Robert C. Orr
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Norman Solomon
Flight Engineer, T/Sgt Lloyd G. Miller

Radio Operator, Cpl Jerry W. Johnson
Radar, Cpl Benjamin W. Prichard
CFC, Cpl Evan I. Howell
Left Gunner, Cpl Carl H. Manson
Right Gunner, Cpl Paul R. Labadie
Tail Gunner, Cpl Edward R. Gentry.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of death: 14 May 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 462nd Bombardment Group, 770th Bomber Squadron
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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