SCHAPANSKY, CLIFFORD T., First Lieutenant, # 0-730791, USAAF

 

Clifford T. Schapansky was norn on 24 August 1919 in Oklahoma to Thomas Martin Schapansky (1896-1950) and Lydia E. (Schneider) Schapansky (1896-1961). Siblings were Lloyd David Schapansky (1928-1991) and Lee Roy Carl Schapansky (1931-1994).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 29 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30363, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Namyung, China, on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy. Witnesses who saw the crash: 2ndLt Herbert F. Hempe, 0-322923, 2ndLt Jack H. Potter, 0-794447, 1stLt Arvis R. Kirkland, 0-789097, and SSgt William W. Johnson, 12073511. Witnesses saw #41-30363 make a strafing run at 1430 hours on a lighthouse and about 50-100 yards and on the beach below a steep cliff was the wreckage of the B-25 on fire. The wreckage was strewn about a “good sized area.” After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.

 

His brother, Lee Roy C. Schapansky, born 26 November 1931, served from 20 March 1951. He died 28 February 1994.

Lee Roy Schapansky

MCCARTHY, RICHARD ANTHONY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-741208, USAAF

 

Richard A. McCarthy was born on 27 October 1915 in New York, New York, to John Joseph McCarthy (1884-    ) (County Cork, Ireland – naturalized 1914) and Anna May (White) McCarthy (1890-1965) (Ireland – naturalized 1942 (married 6 January 1915, Manhattan, NY). Siblings were Margaret Mary (McCarthy) Ryan (1917-1988), Edward Francis McCarthy (1920-2007), John J. McCarthy Jr. (1923-1988), Patricia Ann (McCarthy) Aldrich (1925-1996), Timothy McCarthy (1929-

His father, born 3 March 1884, was a Sexton in 1918.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the N.Y. & Queens Electric Light & Power Co., resided at 6th & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Dade Co., FL (his mother resided at 157-12 7th Ave., Beechhurst, NY), and described himself as 5’10”, 185 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 9 April 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed navigator & bombardier instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 9 October 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30363, assigned to 14th Air Force, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Namyung, China, on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy. Witnesses who saw the crash: 2ndLt Herbert F. Hempe, 0-322923, 2ndLt Jack H. Potter, 0-794447, 1stLt Arvis R. Kirkland, 0-789097, and SSgt William W. Johnson, 12073511.