RUSLANDER, HAROLD, Staff Sergeant, # 20236617, USAAF
Harold Ruslander was born on 16 December 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, to Fred Edward Ruslander (1882-1967) (PA) and Thressa (Fleiahenen) Ruslander (1880-1940) (GA) (married 30 April 1907, Fulton Co., GA). Siblings included Rabbi Selwyn D. Ruslander (1911-1969) Edward Meyer Ruslander (1920-2000). Living with them in 1920 were his paternal grandparents, Moses Ruslander (1947-1928) (Poland) and Phoebe J. Ruslander (1858-1939). His father was a journalist in 1920-1930-1940.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on 22 September 1941. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas to India. On 23 May 1944 a C-46, # 42-107282, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 11, Chabua, India, departed its airfield on a cargo mission to Misamari, India. The C-46 was lost. On 21 November 1944 the 301st Service Group reported: On 2 November 1944 a search party arrived at a political officer’s camp site at Rilengka, the Dafflaghur Hills. On 3 November the 1st aircraft was located. It was identified as the above. ID was made by a vertical stabilizer found in a tree. It was about 5 miles from the Rilengka camp site and at 93° 24’ longitude & 27° 6’ latitude. The party surmised that the C46 was flying west when its right wing hit tall timer. It made a slight left bank and crashed into the mountain. Both wings were torn off and the C46 was scattered for about 200 yards. It burned. Remains (bones) of four bodies were found. A complete set was found near the center of the fuselage with a fatigue cap. Three others were found near the C-46 front. A billfold was found with ID AGO Form for Capt. Prosper V. Terry. A burned .45 cal. M1911 belonging to SSgt. Harold Ruslander was found. The report was copied to the 1327th AAF Base Unit & the 1330th AAF Base Unit. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 15 June 1949 (Sec. Q, Grave 48).
His brother, Selwyn D. Ruslander, served in the U.S. Navy, a Captain, from 20 June 1942 through 1960. He died 1969 and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio.
His brother, Edward M. Ruslander, born 14 April 1920, served in the U.S. Army from 2 September 1941 to 2 October 1945. He died 24 January 2000 and is buried in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia Court House, Amelia Co., Virginia (Plot CB1, J, Grave 32).