BRECKENRIDGE, GERALD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-731937, USAAF

 

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BARDON, WALLACE R., Second Lieutenant, # 0-733129, USAAF

 

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STLUNKA, ERNEST R., Staff Sergeant, # 38134547, USAAF

 

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KULBA, ALBERT J., Staff Sergeant, # 32545379, USAAF

 

Albert J. Kulba was born in 1922 in New Tork to Kulba (Unknown) and Theresa (Robich) Marusiak nee Kulba (1899-1978) (HY).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Syracus, New York, on 14 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on about 2 May 1942. On 11 July 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30458, assigned to 14th Air Force, Kweilin, China, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a ferrying mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crash site was found and recovery of crew remains completed by a U.S. Army Graves Registration team. After recovery from overseas, the indistinguishable remains of the crew (Sears, Breckenridge, Daniel, Dawson, Kulba, Stlunka & Adams) were buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 85 & 86).

 

ADAMS, LAWRENCE E., JR., Sergeant, # 13029074, USAAF

 

Lawrence E. Adams was born on 9 August 1920 in West Virginia to Lawrence E. Adams (1901-1984) (WVA) and Kathleen (Marsh) Adams (1903-1966). A brother was Walter Harry Adams (1922-2010) (WVA).

 

After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and shoot the machineguns and other weapons (excluding bombs) (armorer-gunner) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China on about 2 May 1942. On 11 July 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30458, assigned to 14th Air Force, Kweilin, China, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a ferrying mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crash site was found and recovery of crew remains completed by a U.S. Army Graves Registration team. After recovery from overseas, the indistinguishable remains of the crew (Sears, Breckenridge, Daniel, Dawson, Kulba, Stlunka & Adams) were buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 85 & 86).