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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1922 1
South Carolina 1
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Person:
Elijah Garner Lane, Jr. 2
Elijah G Lane Jr 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1922 1
South Carolina 1
Male 2
Residence:
Place: Charleston County, South Carolina 1
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Birth:
Mother: Jeannie H. Lane 2
Father: Elijah G. Lane 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
24 Sep 1942 1
Army Branch:
Medical Administrative Corps - For Officers only 1
Army Serial Number:
14065015 1
Enlistment Place:
Pine Bluff Arkansas 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Enlisted Man, Regular Army, within 3 months of Discharge or former WAAC Auxiliary 1
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Occupation:
Electricians 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0153 1
Film Reel Number: 2.10 1

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Elijah Garner Lane, Jr.

Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands

Born Elijah Garner Lane, Jr. in 1922 at South Carolina.   Enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 24 September 1942 at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Completed Central Fire Control gunnery training at Lowry Field, Colorado.  Underwent B-29 aircraft transition and combat crew training at Walker Army Airfield, Kansas. In September 1944, deployed to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations and was assigned to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), 881st Bomb Squadron stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands.  On 10 February 1945, he flew as an Aerial Gunner in the starboard blister station aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Tail Code: Z-Square-13 (Serial #42-93876).  It was one of 120 aircraft launched in a multi-wing group formation to bombard the Nakajima Aircraft Assembly Plant at Ota on the northwest side of Tokyo, Japan.  While over the target area, the group was attacked by a band of Nakajima Ki-44 single-engine “Tojo” fighter planes.  His B-29 aircraft suffered damage to the right wing and the #3 engine trailed heavy smoke.  He was last sighted by A-Square-43 at a geographic location of 35+45N, 141+25E approximately 80 nautical miles east of Tokyo.  He was killed when his aircraft was forced to ditch on the return route to Saipan.

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