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George R. Dall was born in La Mesa, California, about 1921. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1938, but soon took an Honorable (Medical) discharge.
He then attended San Diego State University for 1 year. Afterward, he attended and graduated from California Institute of Technology in 1941.
Dall entered the military again, in February 1941. He received training as a Flight Engineer, and was soon assigned to the B-29-type aircraft. It was the usual procedure to assign an officer as engineer on the more intricate B-29.
He was assigned to the 871st Bomb Squadron of the 497th Bomb Group, operating from an airfield on recently-taken Saipan. Bombing raids were conducted against targets throughout the Pacific area, but mainly against the Japanese home islands.
It was on such a mission against the Mitsubishi Aircraft Factory in Nagoya, Japan, on December 18, 1944, that Lt. Dall's aircraft disappeared. Witnesses stated the aircraft made the normal turn toward home base, but was never seen again.
All the crew are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu American Cemetery in Hawaii.
USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Reports
The aircraft involved in this incident was B-29 # 42-63413, nicknamed "Dixie Darlin'", assigned to the 871st Bomb Squadron.
Missing Air Crew Report 10657 names the crew as:
1 Lt Granville H. Walling A/C
2 Lt John C. Baudendislel nav
2 Lt James A. Callaghan bomb
2 Lt George R. Dall eng
2 Lt Clifford E. Reid c-p
TSgt Robert M. Jacoby OFC
SSgt Howard G. Ross right gunner
Sgt Chester C. Dlugokenky radar op
Sgt John R. Kolsclaw tail gun
Sgt Garland V. Land left gunner
Sgt Gerald W. Sturdivant radio op
Unlike the B-17 and such, the B-29 had primary gun control situated in the central fire control position (OFC) with a gunner in each of the left and right gun blisters.
On the more intricate B-29, it was usual procedure to utilize an officer in the Flight Engineer position.