Villagers turned over to authorities at the airfield at Jorhat, India, 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. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
His brother, Raymond S. Vasko, born 11 June 1926, served in the U.S. Navy from 12 May 1944 to 28 December 1945. He died 4 March 2010 and is buried in the Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, Suffolk Co., New York.
His father, born 26 April 1900, served in the U.S. Navy during WW I, Yeoman 3rd Class, # 1340297, on the U.S.S. Zeppelin, from 8 August 1918 to 20 September 1919. He died 24 November 1947 and is buried in the Saint Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York. The U.S.S. Zeppelin was a passenger liber launched in Germany in 1914. She was used by the U.S. Navy to return U.S. soldiers home from Europe in 1919.
SPAULDING, ELLSWORTH M., Private First Class, # 35498725, USAAF
Ellsworth M. Spaulding was born on 15 July 1922 in Jefferson, Washington Co., Indiana, to Albert Spaulding (1881-1964) and Mamie (Morgan) Spaulding (1889-1955) (Alabama). Siblings included Gladys Ethel (Spaulding) Short (1906-1986), Margaret Amelia Spaulding (1909- ), Effie Mae (Spaulding) Watts (1911-1989), Dorothy Jean Spaulding (1913- ), Melvin Leonard Spaulding (1916-1928), Merle Thomas Spaulding (1916-2000), Vivian Irene (Spaulding) Thomas (1918-1998), and Addison L. Spaulding (1924-1973).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Louisville, Kentucky, resided in Scott Co., Indiana, on 17 October 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical systems 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.