SCHENCK, ERNEST BENJAMIN, Staff Sergeant, # 33289869, USAAF

 

Ernest B. Schenck was born on 4 November 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to George W. Schenck (1894-1963) and Elsie M. (Brown) Schenck (1894-1953). Siblings included Mary Jane (Schenck) Ruschel (1918-1982), George F. Schenck (1924-1930), Emma Marion (Schenck) Domin (1927-1994), Elsie Dorothy (Schenck) Drab (1930-    ), Selma Schenck (1933-1933), and Selma C. (Schenck) Baust (1935-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 21 August 1942. He was sent overseas on 20 March 1944. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).

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HEWITT, JOSEPH BENJAMIN, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 32486680, USAAF

 

Joseph B. Hewitt, Jr., was born on 2 June 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joseph B. Hewitt (1895-1967) and Emma L. (Patterson) Hewitt (1894-1959). Siblings included Gladys Ann Hewitt (1916-2004), Ella Gertrude Hewitt (1918-1999), Kathryn Hewitt (1926-    ) and another sister. He was married to Bendena Constance (Boos) McNeece nee Hewitt (1925-1996), 215 Maple Ave, Westville, New Jersey. He enlisted in the USAAF in Camden, New Jersey, on 2 January 1943. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).

 

His father served during WW I, U.S. Army, Sergeant, # 1784229, 315th Infantry, from 5 October 1917 to 18 February 1919, wounded in action. Fought in Verdun Argonne, Meuse Nantello. He died 26 August 1967 and was buried in the Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Camden Co., NJ.