Guy L. Bonner
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
680th Bomber Squadron, 504th Bomber Group, Very Heavy
Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania
Died: July 28, 1945
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
From a contemporary press report:
20 July 2004
Memorial stone honors area man
A memorial stone honoring First Lieutenant Guy L. Bonner, formerly of the Fairview area of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, was recently placed in Arlington National Cemetery.
The stone is located in Memorial Section 46E-8, which is reserved for war casualties whose bodies were never recovered.
Lieutenant Bonner was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and later transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a B-29 aircraft commander flying out of Tinian Island. His plane was shot down over Japan's Inland Sea on July 28, 1945. Six of his crew were rescued but five were never recovered.
Bonner earned his pilot's license at Chambersburg's Sunset Airport, often flying with the late Clyde W. Meadows, a long-time pastor of King Street United Brethren Church. Prior to his enlistment, he was an engineer at Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro.
His widow, Lillian (Weagley) Bonner and his son, Guy L. Jr., born after his father's death, both live in Waynesboro.
BONNER, GUY L
1STLT US ARMY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 01/01/1941 – 07/28/1945
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/07/1919
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/28/1945
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/28/1945
- BURIED AT: SECTION MF SITE 46-E-8
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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