KUNTZ, JOHN FRANK, Staff Sergeant, # 12039907, USAAF
John F. Kuntz was born 26 March 1909 in New York City, New York, to John Kuntz (1881-1944) and Antonia (Balek) Kuntz (1881- ) (both born in Bohemia) (married 4 May 1907 in Manhattan, NY). Siblings included William Kuntz (1908-1986), Anna Kuntz (1910- ), Charles Kuntz (1912-1971), and Frank Kuntz (changed last name to Kirby) (1918-2001). On 31 January 1931, he married Ethel Bridget McPhillips.
He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 1 January 1942. On 25 May 1944, at the 10th Air Force airfield at Dinjan, Assam, India, a C-47A, # 42-100614, assigned to the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed on a shuttle flight to Calcutta, India, and return. SSgt. Kuntz was the crew chief (engineer). The last known location of the aircraft was between Sylhet, India and Dinjan, India. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration from the airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, with numerous undistinguishable others and all were buried in a group single-casket grave at the New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana, on 17 January 1950 (Sec. F, Grave 103).
His brother, William Kuntz, born 1908, served in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class during WW II from 16 March 1942 to 21 October 1945. He died 30 September 1986 and is buried in the Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.
His brother, Charles Kuntz, born in 1912, enlisted (#32002948) on 23 January 1941. He had completed two years of college. On 1 February 1943, he married Eura Smith Webb in Calhoun, Alabama.