He registered for the WWII draft on 29 June 1942, resided at 8546 Euclid Ave., Chicago, IL, employed at Sumner & Sallitt, and described himself as 5’7”, 135 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He noted a scar on his upper lip. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24/C-109 Express Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 February 1945 a C-109 (B-24 variant for fuel cargo), # 42-32000, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, for a cargo mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at 1228 Zulu at Gologhat. The wreckage of the C-109 was found at Chungi, Naga Hills, Assam, India, on 4 March 1945. The bodies of the pilot and co-pilot were found at the site of the wreckage and the other crewmen were found. A memorial is at the St. Felicitas’ Church, Chicago, Illinois.
C-109 (B-24) Express Liberator (Fuel)