Died 25 May 1945

Second Lieutenant
505th Bomber Group, 482nd Bomber Squadron

Aircraft B-29-26BA with serial number 42-63508 departed from Tinian, Marianas Island on a night incendiary bombing mission to Urban Area Tokyo in Japan. B-29 was shot down over Tokyo on May 25, 1945. The remains of the crew were found a year later. 2nd Lt Wheeler is interred with the other crew members in Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri.

Awarded the Purple Heart

Crew members
Pilot APC, Capt Henry W. Putnam
Pilot, 2nd Lt Chester M. Malaby
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Vernon E. Wheeler
Navigator, 2nd Lt William F. Ritmiller
Radio Operator, Sgt Leon K. EnEarl Jr.
Engineer, T/Sgt William W. Weissenberger
Radar, Sgt Frank J. Estok
CFC, Sgt John D. Duckworth
RBG, Sgt Philip L. Brock
LBG, Sgt Walter D. Reynolds
TG, Sgt Francis H. Donnelly

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of death: 25 May 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 505th Bomber Group, 482nd Bomber Squadron
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Top Panel
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