JOHANNSON, JOHN JACOB, First Lieutenant, # 0-740204, USAAF

 

John J. Johannson was born on 29 September 1922 in Michigan to Singa Jess Johannson (1897-1982) (Germany – naturalized) and Norma Mae (Alber) Johannson (1903-1996) (Mich.). Siblings included Cleo Mae (Johannson) Chew (1925-2011) and Marian Lois (Johannson) Turk (1927-2016).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Custer, Michigan, on 30 December 1941. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945, a B-24D, # 42-41164, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. Last contact with it was by radio at about 2056 hours IST with the Tezpur Air Traffic Control. On 9 May 1945, the 1327th Base Unit informed Headquarters that on 7 May 1945 a pilot from the airfield at Jorhat, India, spotted the wreckage of the missing aircraft. It crashed at 2200 hours IT and the wreckage was located at 26º 26’ North and 94º 45’ East. Villagers turned over to authorities at Jorhat a record card which belonged to PFC Spaulding and a boot with a foot inside. A ground party was to leave on 10 May 1945 for the crash site. On 1 June 1945, the 1327th Base Unit said that a message dated 29 May 1945 from Search and Rescue was that the ground party got to the wreckage and there was no possibility of survivors. The aircraft exploded on impact and little remained. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey, Emmet Co., Michigan. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

VASKO, RICHARD E., Private First Class, # 12145155, USAAF

 

Richard E. Vasko was born in 1923 in New York, New York, to Stephen Vasko (1900-1947) and Rose (Holichek) Vasko (1902-1988). A brother was Raymond Stephen Vasko (1926-2010).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 22 September 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945, a B-24D, # 42-41164, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. Last contact with it was by radio at about 2056 hours IST with the Tezpur Air Traffic Control. On 9 May 1945, the 1327th Base Unit informed Headquarters that on 7 May 1945 a pilot from the airfield at Jorhat, India, spotted the wreckage of the missing aircraft. It crashed at 2200 hours IT and the wreckage was located at 26º 26’ North and 94º 45’ East.