GRIFFIN, CHARLES R., First Lieutenant, # 0-709130, USAAF
Charles R. Griffin was born on 26 April 1922 in Summit Co., Ohio to George C. Griffin (1871-1944) (IN) and Melissa May (Hathaway) Griffin (1895-1975) (OH). Siblings included Alice Helen (Griffin) Schacht (1909-2003), Marjorie E. (Griffin) Maas (1914-1980), Walter Franklin Griffin (1917-1943). After enlisting in the USAAF at Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio, on 25 March 1943, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100613, “Jinx Buster,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, Dinjan, India, departed the airfield at Chenyi, China, after a combat mission, on a flight to Dinjan, India. It was last contacted by radio by Cpl. L. E. Brand, 39271819, at about 1750Z, near 26º 08’ North & 100º 09’ East; 20 miles North of Lake Tahi. The remains of the crew (McGrew, Griffin, Janek, Parker) were recovered but were not identifiable individually; they were buried in a group burial in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Tennessee on 7 November 1947 (Sec. Y, Graves 248, 249, & 250). The family placed a memorial marker in the Mount Peace Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.
JANEK, ANTON J., Technical Sergeant, # 18025529, USAAF
Anton J Janek was born on 26 December 1919 in Texas to Anton Janek (1879-1958) (Csechoslovakia – 1884 immigration – naturalized) and Marie (Reindl) Janek (1879-1946) (Csechoslovakia – naturalized). Siblings included Frank J. Janek (1907-1975), Charles E. Janek (1908-1960), Albin F. Janek (1910-1988), Louis Raymond Janek (1912-1997), and Millie (Janek) Divin (1912-1960).
He enlisted in the USAAF at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, on 13 June 1941. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the B-24/C-87. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India.