669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Jeong Shew ("aka Edwin Joe") Wing

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  18158622

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 15-Sep-1921, Canton, China

Entered Military Service: Date: 9-Oct-1942 At: San Antonio, TX
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 18158622

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 29-Sep-1944
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: 26-Apr-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 29-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 25125

Died: 4-Nov-2012, Bakersfield, Kern County, California

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


Edwin "Jeong Shew Wing" Jeong Joe
September 15, 1921 November 4, 2012

A memorial service with full Military Honors is scheduled in order to celebrate the life of Edwin Jeong Joe, Saturday, November 10th, 11:30 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road.

Edwin peacefully passed away on November 4, 2012. Edwin was born, Jeong Shew Wing, on September 15, 1921 in China to Joe Mon Poy and Yew Shew. At the age of two, he came to Bakersfield to live with his father. Edwin was a graduate of Kern County Union High School, class of 1940.

Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Edwin enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and served as a tail gunner on an A-20 attack bomber, based in England. Uniquely, Edwin was the only Chinese-American in the 416th Bomb Group and flew on 55 missions. On September 29, 1944, Edwin and his two other crew members volunteered for a mission over Bitburg, Germany, where their plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. Edwin parachuted to safety and was the sole survivor. Edwin eluded capture by German troops for seven days; after which he spent over a year in captivity until the end of WWII. Edwin was awarded two Purple Hearts as he had sustained frost bitten feet and shrapnel wounds from his heroic service.

After the war he met his wife to be, Gloria, who had served in the U.S. Coast Guard. They were wed in Houston, Texas in 1946 and moved to Bakersfield. Together, they operated their own restaurant and grocery business while raising three children. Edwin was a member of the Cessna-Sargent ex-P.O.W.'s.

Even though Edwin had enjoyed bowling, golfing and watching sports, he had placed providing for his family above anything else. Honoring his memory, Edwin is survived by his daughters, Kathleen L. Joe and Charlene J. Misono and her husband, Frederick T. Misono; son, E.C. Joe and his wife, Christy L. Joe; and grandchildren, Robert M. Misono and his wife, Anita W. Misono, Misa K. Misono and her husband Josh MacAdam, Layton A. Joe and Christopher E. Joe; and great grandchild, Lincoln Misono.

The family would like to thank Dr. Y and Nurse Melissa and all the caregivers at Gracious Living for their kind and compassionate care of Grandpa Joe. Special thanks go to his main caregiver Jun who formed a special Father-Son bond with grandpa. They became best friends. They spent many an hour in grandpa's "man cave" of a room watching late night sports and talking a lot of smack.

Edwin "Jeong Shew Wing" Jeong Joe On-Line Obituary, DignityMemorial.com (https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bakersfield-ca/edwin-joe-5296367 : accessed 16 April 2021)
On-Line Obituary includes Memorial Video and many family photograps

MACR 9188 Details

A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Nickname of A/C: "Dorlinda"

Moderate to intense flak at the target cost us two planes, both flown by our original crews from the States. ... Lt Tonnis Boukamp's plane was also hit, but in both engines. With both engines on fire, the plane was last seen falling away in a gentle glide, still under control on a southwesterly heading, 8 miles southwest of the target. No chutes were seen. ... Lt Boukamp's gunners were Staff Sergeants Russell J. Colosimo and Jeong S. Wing.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 148

Photos and Documents
WW II Draft Registration
WW II Draft Registration
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Edwin Joe
Apr 24, 1944
SSgt. Jeong S. Wing
Apr 28, 1944
669th Bomb Sq. "Combat Crew". L-R: SSgt Edwin Joe, 1Lt Tonnis Boukamp, SSgt Russell J. Colosimo. A/C is "Holey Joe"
Newspaper Clipping
Edwin Joe
SSgt Edwin Joe. Photo by Pvt Joe Goulart, 416th Bomb Gp
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Marriage License
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Newspaper Clipping
The Bakersfield Californian
Voter Registration
Kern County, CA
City Directory
1962 Bakersfield, CA
City Directory
1970 Bakersfield, CA
Extract from The Chinese Of America p207
City Directory
1985 Bakersfield, CA
416th Bomb Group Reunion, Colorado Springs, CO, May, 1986
L to R: Edwin Joe, Al Thiele, Roger Roy, Richard Dick, Joe Heuman
Note: Ostrander in background talking to Noni Thiele
May 18-21 2000 Hot Springs, Arkansas
416th BG Reunion
WW II Honoree
WW II Honoree

See also:
"Local POW group getting smaller", By Dianne Hardisty, Contributing writer Nov 8, 2009 Updated Sep 9, 2016, On-Line (PDF)

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