OCAVAGE, GEORGE J., Staff Sergeant, # 32077440, USAAF
George J. Ocavage was born on 2 March 1919 in Pennsylvania to John Ocavage (1875-1921) and Margaret (Jundzius) Ocavage (1885-1970). Siblings were Helen A. (Ocavage) Howell (1903-1992), Anthony Peter Ocavage (1906-1971), Mary (Ocavage) Ibbetson (1907-2001), Tony Ocavage (1908- ), Marcella Ocavage (1913-2015), Francis Pauline Ocavage (1914-1998), and Anna (Ocavage) Norton (1916-2005). Sometimes the surname is spelled O’Cavage.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Camden, New Jersey, on 28 July 1942. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment and to shoot (gunner) the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 24 August 1943 a B-24D, # 42-40930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield to bomb Hankow, China. It was attacked and shot down by enemy fighters. After recovery from Shanghai, China, the crew (Robinson, Bartlett, Brown, Bitner, Wade, Van Deventer) was buried in a group burial and ceremony in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, on 12 May 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 49-50). After recovery from Shanghai, China, his remains were buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania (Sec. P). He was awarded the Purple Heart.