He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the CCC (U.S. Government), resided in Broken Bow, Custer Co., NE, and described himself as 5’8”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 August 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 1 November 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12409, assigned to 10th Air Force, 30th Troop Carrier Group, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Yunnanyi, China. The C-46 crashed in Burma and has not been found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, Appleton, Butler Co., Nebraska.
His brother, Charles F. Masek, born 26 October 1916, served in the U.S. Army from 14 February 1941 to 17 October 1945. He died 28 March 1988 and is buried in the Saint Marys Cemetery, David City, Butler Co., Nebraska.
His brother, Peter J. Masek, born 19 May 1922, served in the U.S. Army from 1 December 1942 to 12 February 1946. He died 10 June 1994 and is buried in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Ulysses, Butler Co., Nebraska.