GROCHOCKI, FELIX, Staff Sergeant, # 36516494, USAAF
Felix Grochocki was born on 24 June 1918 in Ohio to Stanley Anthony Grochocki (1890- ) (Ostrolenka, Poland) and Katherine Grochocki (1894- ) (Poland). Siblings were Zenon Grochocki (1916- ) (OH), Florence Grochocki (1922- ) (OH), and half-siblings, John Liss (1917- ) (NY), Stanley Liss (1922-2014) (NY), and Mary G. Liss (1924- ) (NY). He was married to Lilllian (Bowerman) Grochocki in Gates, New York, on 13 April 1940.
After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and shoot (armorer-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 attached 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 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 17 November 1949 (Sec. P, Grave 1117). He was awarded the Purple Heart.