10.02.1945 483rd BG B-29 42-2487 Schroeder +
Mission: Ota, Japan

Date: 10th February 1945

Unit: 483 Bomber Squadron (505 Group)

Type: B-29 Superfortress

Serial No: 42-2487

Code: ?

Location: North East Target - near landfall

Base: Tinian (North Mariana Islands)

Pilot: 1st Lt.. Walter H. Schroeder 0732077 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Co Pilot: 2nd Lt. Milton O. Truitt jnr. 0-768757 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Navigator: 2nd Lt. Herbert L. Shulman 0-710332 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. Robert F. Jeffries 0-7601175 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Radio/Op: Sgt. Steve Bednar jnr. 13174391 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Flight Engineer: T/Sgt. Arthur L. Burkhart 13051883 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Radar Gunner: Cpl. Francis T. Prestera 11139201 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

CFC Gunner: Sgt. Alfonso G. Edwards 37069803 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action (1)

Left Waist Gunner: Cpl. Joseph J. Pilgrim jnr. 36857554 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Right Waist Gunner: Cpl. Edwin L. Minkwits 42082640 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

Tail Gunner: Cpl. Lewis R. Murzycki 31417332 U.S.A.A.F. Missing in Action

(1) CFC: Central Fire Control: From a small bubble this crew member could control up to 10 x 50 calibre machine guns that were divided among 4 remote controlled turrets.


Based at Tinian, the largest airport of World War II with six runways each 8,500 ft long. Bombing of Japan continued around the clock and of course this is the airfield used to launch the atomic bombs which halted the war in the Pacific.
This B-29 was singled out by between 40 and 50 enemy aircraft and forced out of formation. The aircraft was shot down and last sighted at 16.40 hrs. and the crew are listed as missing with no known graves.

Unknown B-29 going down over Japan 1945 (Courtesy Life)

Trinian airfields 1945 (A.R. Society archives)

B-29 Superfortress (A.R. Society archives)

Burial details:

None - all still classed as missing.

1st Lt.. Walter H. Schroeder Mrs. Dorothy C. Schroeder (wife) Box 541. Alpine, Texas, U.S.A.

2nd Lt. Milton O. Truitt Mrs. Jeanne F. Truitt (wife) 1334 S. Fremont Avenue, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A.

2nd Lt. Herbert L. Shulman Mr. Jacob Shulman (father) 6051 Boulevard East, West New York, New Jersey. U.S.A.

2nd Lt. Robert F. Jeffries Mr. Forrest Jeffries (father) 1938 Shenandoah Road, Tuledo, Ohio. U.S.A.

Sgt. Steve Bednar Mrs. Susan Bednar (mother) Rr. 316E, Diamond Avenue, Hazelton, Pennsylvania. U.S.A.

T/Sgt. Arthur L. Burkhart Mrs Agnes J. Burkhart (wife) 266 High Street, New Jersey. U.S.A.

Cpl. Francis T. Prestera Mrs. Francis R. Prestera (mother)24 Hall Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. U.S.A.

Sgt. Alfonso G. Edwards Mr. Joe Edwards (father) Monticello, Arkansas. U.S.A.

Cpl. Joseph J. Pilgrim Mrs. Gladys R. Pilgrim (mother) 8848 Sussex Street, Millville, New Jersey. U.S.A.

Cpl. Edwin L. Minkwits Mrs. Phyllis S. Minkwits (wife) 531 North 3rd Street, Millville, New Jersey. U.S.A.

Cpl. Lewis R. Murzycki Mr. Roman Murzycki (father) 33 Pleasant Street, Webster, Massachusetts. U.S.A.
Researched by Melvin R. Brownless and David King of the A.R.Society for the relatives of radio operator Sgt. Steve Bednar

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