BALSKY, HERBERT (NMI), Staff Sergeant, # 12041546, USAAF
Herbert Balsky was born 1921 in New York (Bronx), New York, to a Jewish family, to Frank Balsky (1890- ) and Rachel “Rae” (Teitelbaum) Balsky (1892- ) and in the 1930-1940 census, his siblings included Charles Balsky (1915- ), Estelle Balsky (1917- ), Frances Balsky (1922- ), and Maxwell Balsky (1927- ). His father registered for the WW II draft on 27 April 1942, giving a residence of 960 Simpson Street, Bronx, New York City, New York, DOB 15 September 1891, in Warsaw, Russia, kin – Mrs. Rae Balsky, employment – Parmalee System, 406 East 94th St., Manhattan, New York, New York, providing a physical description of 5’5”, 170, black hair and brown eyes.
He enlisted in the USAAF on 10 January 1942, at New York, and after being trained as an engineer on the B-25, was sent overseas and assigned to the 341st Bombardment Group (Medium), the 22nd Bombardment Squadron. He was the engineer-gunner on B-25C, # 42-32264, on 25 July 1943, when it was lost in the vicinity of the Bay of Bengal and the Burma coast. It encountered rough weather (monsoons) and crashed, never to be found. Nine B-25s of the 22nd Bomber Squadron departed Chakulia AB 26 July 194 at 1430 hrs on a search mission for missing B-25C, # 42-32264. Six flew parallel patterns diagonally 12 miles apart across the Bay of Bengal, on a heading of 120º, striking the East shore points from Cox Dazer to south of Akyab. Each then flews 6 miles on a heading of 210º, turning at this point to a heading of 300º, which was parallel to their course 6 miles to the Bay. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.