BLAZEJEWSKI, TEDDY, Staff Sergeant, # 32701599, USAAF

 

Teddy (Tadeusz) Blazejewski was born on 9 September 1920 in New York to Alexander “Alec” Blazejewski (1881-    ) (Poland) and Stella (Tarasiewicz) Blazejewski (1889-1943) (Poland). Siblings were Henrietta (Blazejewski) Moruszewski (1914-    ), Kasmir (Charles) J. Blazejewski (1915-1974), Stanley Blazejewski (1918-2002), Wanda Irene (Blazejewski) Grochowski (1921-1991), Edward Blazejewski (1928-2011). He was married to Michalina Blazejewski (1918-    ). The surname was sometime spelled Blazlyiwson.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF on 7 January 1943, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, “Bouncing Beverly,” # 42-101221, assigned to the Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a weather overwatch mission, during monsoon season, for supply drops at Meiktila, Burma. After contact at 1245 hours IST, then no contact with the C-46, commanders surmised that it crashed in the 10,000’ Chin Hills area. A large search effort was made with no results. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York (Sec. MA). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.