LUKASZCZYK, JOHN JAMES, Captain, # 419083, USAAF
John J. Lukaszczyk was born on 30 July 1919 in Mammoth, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, to Frank Walter Lukaszczyk (1893- ) (Austria/Poland – immigrated 1908) and Sophia (Kickler) Lukaszczyk (1901- ) (PA), 93 Wayne St., Uniontown, PA. Siblings Frank Walter Lukaszczyk Jr. (1921-2003), Thomas Andrew Lukaszczyk (1928- ), Betty Helen Lukaszczyk (1930- ), John J. Lukaszczyk, M.D. (1936- ).
He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 and described imself as 5’10”, 145 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 4 September 1940 at Camp Lee, Virginia (now Fort Lee, VA). He completed flight instruction schools, was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. He was assigned to the 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. His remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
His brother, Frank W. Lukaszczyk Jr., born 23 August 1921, served in the U.S. Army from 23 January 1943 to 2 March 1946 (6 October 1944 – 18 February 1946 overseas), # 33416019.
He died on 30 October 2003.