1944 — Salt Lake County UT
My Grandmother was an interesting person with a lot more history than I knew as she was alive. She had 8 sons, followed by 2 daughters (including my mother). During World War II she had about 5 sons in the military at the same time. All made it home after the war. At home she prayed for her sons and taught her daughters to pray for their brothers. Searching her name on Footnote.com links only to this page and a premium item:Missing Air Crew Reports showing her name as the mother of Alden Maynes. Here is the index information for that record:
# Title/Collection: Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1941-1948
# Publication Number: M1380
# Publisher: NARA
# Short Description: NARA M1380. Over 16,000 case files of Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) and related records of the US Army Air Forces, 1942-1947.
# Year: 1944
# Serial Number: 42-32113
# Report Number: 4952
# Location: Vicinity Of Berlin, Germany
# Point Of Departure: A A F Sta 111
# Annotations:18 added
* Alden D Maynes
Louretta D Maynes
Some more of that story:
From a talk by Russell D. Cheney at BYU-ID
The book, "Saints at War" records the experiences of some of these men. I would like to use a couple of examples of LDS men submitting to the will of the Lord in the face of death.
Alden Maynes was a copilot on a B-17 bomber. He had completed 25 successful missions over Germany when his luck ran out. The crew had just released six bombs over Berlin when the tail of the airplane was shot away, throwing the plane into a barrel roll. As Brother Maynes tried to make his way to the escape hatch, his parachute caught on something and was pulled open. He attempted to close it without success and was forced to bail anyway. At 27,000 feet without oxygen, he lost consciousness as he fell through the air. When he came to, he was still falling and the war was going on around him. Planes were still dropping bombs and antiaircraft guns were still being fired. Falling toward a mass of fire and destruction, with his parachute trailing unopened above him, he gyrated in 25 foot circles. He tried to draw it down in hopes he could force it open, but the effort proved impossible. At this point, he talked to God and told him that he had done all that he could do and that it was now in God's hands. Alden Maynes submitted completely trusting in the will of the Lord. Immediately a calm and peaceful feeling settled over him and he knew that whatever happened would be all right.
As he continued to fall, he drifted away from the bombed area. As he fell past a six-story building, his chute caught hold of the roof, holding him briefly and then tore loose. Barely missing the building, his parachute caught again, this time on a street lamp--saving his life, suspending his feet three feet above the sidewalk. Though he was taken prisoner, in his heart he knew that God had spared his life. God did more for Alden Maynes than he ever could have done for himself.
God answers prayers. Sometimes not the way we would hope but also sometimes in miraculous ways. That faith was in my Grandmother and has also been my experience.
It is a great gift to be able to believe and to see the hand of God in our lives.