ZIOLKOWSKI, RAYMOND C., First Lieutenant, # 0-791997, USAAF

 

Raymond C. Ziolkowski was born 1920 in Connecticut to Stephen Ziolkowski (1892-    ) (Poland – immigrated PA 1914) and Sophia G. Ziolkowski (1890-    ) (Poland – immigrated 1906 CA). Sibling Elizabeth Ziolkowski (1923-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New Haven, Connecticut, on 6 January 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator and assigned to the C-87 Express Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 May 1943 a C-87, # 41-23669, assigned 10th Air Force, 1st Ferry Group, 3rd Ferry Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The C-87 crashed enroute and the crew killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

HECK, PAUL F., First Lieutenant, # 0-419100, USAAF

 

Paul F. Heck was born 1917 in New Jersey to Eugene Heck (1882-1939) (Bavaria, Germany - naturalized 1907) and Violet A. (William) Heck (1886-    ) (PA). Siblings were Delphine (Heck) Heraty (1914-1986) (PA), Eugene August Heck (1916-1995) (PA), William Elmer Heck (1924-2000) (NJ). He attended Merchantville High School.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Camden, New Jersey, on 16 September 1940. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed navigator instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the B-24 Liberator and assigned to the C-87 Express Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 May 1943 a C-87, # 41-23669, assigned 10th Air Force, 1st Ferry Group, 3rd Ferry Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The C-87 crashed enroute and the crew killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Eugene A. Heck, born 11 February 1916, served in the U.S. Navy from 20 June 1941 to 20 June 1945. He arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 5 December 1941, for duty. He died 20 June 1995.