AZAT, JOSEPH GIRARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-820195, USAAF

 

Joseph G. Azat was born on 27 March 1927 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Joseph Samuel Azat (1894-1985) (Italy) and Angeline “Angela” Mary (Notha) Azat (1898-1985) (PA) (married 21 October 1925), of 35 S. Dawes St., Wilkes-Barres, PA. A sister was Anne M. (Azat) Hayes (1931-

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 11 February 1943 at Wilkes-Barre, PA, and completed flight instruction through advances schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas on 11 April 1944 and assigned to fly the vaunted P-47. On 5 October 1944, a P-47D, # 27587, flown by 2ndLt Azat, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 58th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, Assam, India, on a fighter protection mission around Moran. It was last sighted East of Ledo, India, at about 1730 hours IST. He is remembered on the memorial wall for the missing in action in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His father, born 20 July 1893 served during WW I in the U.S. Army from 17 July 1918 and in WW II in the USAAF, a Staff Sergeant, # 13158467, from 16 July 1943 to 27 October 1945, assigned to the 4202nd USAAF Base Unit. He died 19 January 1985 and is buried in the Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover, PA.

 

BRYANT, VERNE AUBREY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-697542, USAAF

 

Verne A. Bryant was born in 1922 in New York to Verne Miles Bryant (1893-1951) and Henrietta Jane Isabelle (Thompson) Bryant (1894-1972). Silings included Bruce T. Bryant (1921-1978), John Donald Bryant (1925-2007), Joan Marie (Bryant) Petrie (1927-1994), and Amigo “Amy” Dorothy (Bryant) Serley (1931-2017). He is a graduate of Camden High School.

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advances schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was assigned to fly the vaunted P-47. On 5 October 1944, a P-47D, # 42-27486, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 58th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, Assam, India, on a fighter protection mission around Moran. It was last sighted East of Ledo, India, at about 1730 hours IST. The family monument remembers him in the Union Settlement Cemetery, West Monroe, Oswego Co., New York. He is remembered on the memorial wall for the missing in action in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

David S. Moore