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T/Sgt Lloyd B. Volkmar
Radio Operator

Cpl Lloyd B. Volmar

Born March 6, 1925 near Westersville, Ohio. Graduated from Westerville High School in May 1943. He excelled in music, drama, and earned a letter in track.

Volkmar was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, July 24, 1943 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio and took basic training at Fort Campbell, KY and Kessler AFB, Biloxi, MS. He took cadet training at University of Chattanooga, 1943-44, and then went through radio school at Scott Field, IL and Radar School at Lincoln AFB, NE.

Upon completion, he joined Crew 44 at SHAAF, Salina, KS. Further training ensued there including crew training, Advanced First-Aid and further Loran instruction.

From there it was the usual route - Batista Air Field Havana Cuba - Herington, KS and finally to Mather Field, Sacramento, CA, aerial port of embarkation for the Pacific. Crew 44 arrived at North Field Guam on April 12, 1945.

Crew 44 took lead crew training at North Field. They completed their missions on 2 August. The following day the crew went on rest leave to Honolulu. In short order, the two nuclear bombs were dropped which shortly afterwards brought the Pacific War to an end.

Volkmar shipped back to the States aboard the USS General Weigle docking at San Francisco harbor. After a trip to Lockbourne AFB, Columbus, Ohio, he was granted a 45-day furlough. On November 23, 1945, Lloyd was mustered out at Greensboro, NC.

Among Lloyd's decorations are the DFC and three Air Medals.

On entering civilian life, he attended the University of Wisconsin 1945; Capital University 1946-49 (BA Cum Laude); Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1963-65 M. Dv; Texas Christian University (Brite Divinity School), 1965-72 Th. M. and the University of America, 1975 Ph. D. (h).

In June 1950, he married the former Jeanne Faye Kemmering at David Lutheran Church, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Faye graduated from West Winchester High School in 1947 as Valedictorian. From 1947-51, she attended Capitol University receiving her B.A. upon graduation. Following postgraduate studies at Texas Wesleyan College and Texas Christian University, she earned Her master's Degree in Education-Supervision and went on to teach in the public schools for 25 years in Michigan, Ohio and Texas.

The Volkmars have a daughter, Kim Leigh, who is married to Leslie A. Orlidge. Lloyd and Faye have two granddaughters, Jessica Leigh born in 1989 and Julia Leigh born in 1991.

Lloyd has been a Lutheran Clergyman for over 40 years. We was ordained as Pastor in the Ministerium of the America Lutheran Church at Grace Lutheran Church, Westerville, OH on June 22, 1952.

He served Parishes in Ohio, Michigan and Texas and engaged in radio preaching in Zanesville, OH. He taught violin, ethics and religion and while doing postgraduate studies in Ft. Worth, he was employed at United Services Planning Association - a financial planning company. Former B-29 commander, Carroll H. Payne was founder and President of the company.

He has also authored a number of books, poems essays and articles in numerous publications. He was the President of Professional Research Associates and a member of several organizations - church, civic, military, youth and business oriented. He is listed in "Who's Who in Religion" (all editions), "Who's Who in Texas, " and several other national and international publications.

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Source:Lloyd B. Volkmar for the book
"History of the 39th Bomb Group" by Robert Laird (crew 5) and David C. Smith crew 31)