GILLIAM, BYRAN RHEA, Flight Officer, # T-223731, USAAF

 

Bryan R. Gilliam was born on 13 July 1920 in Allen Co., Kentucky to William Bryan Gilliam (1896-1961) and Sadie Rhea (Hill) Gilliam (1900-1922) (married 20 September 1919, Sumner, Tennessee). Siblings were William Haynes Gilliam (1927-2000) (mother – Georgia Buckman 1906-1995) and O. Jean Gilliam (1938-    ) (mother – Rubye Areta Bright (1911-1989).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his appointment as a flight officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 March 1945 a B-24D, # 42-41253, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission to Chengkung, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was last contacted by radio with PFC Stanly T. Ruke, 12032504, at about 2200 Zulu over the Jorhat marker. Native reports of a crash 5 miles west of the village of Shakchi, India, in the Naga Hills, led to discovery of the wreckage of the crash. It was 60 miles from Jorhat, India, on a course of 125°. The B-24 struck the side of a ridge at about 4,500’ on a heading of between 220° to 250°. Four bodies were recovered and transported to Jorhat, India. After recovery, his remains were buried with those of Capt. Raymond Armoska (indistinguishable) in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky (Sec. E, Grave 31).

PARUCK, FRANK GEORGE., Sergeant, # 16142902, USAAF

 

Frank G. Paruck was born on 1 July 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, to George Charles Paruck (1885-    ) (Czechoslovakia) and Elizabeth (Piontkowski) Paruck (1892-1950) (Czechoslovakia). Siblings were Blanche Carolyn (Paruck) McHugh (1913-2004) and George Ronald Paruck (1929-2006). He was married to Virginia Beatrice (Brewerton) Paruck on 22 May 1940 in Cook Co., Illinois.

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by Reynolds & Eby, resided at 3353 W. Warren Blvd., Chicago, IL, and described himself as 5’7 ½”, 158 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 November 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 19 March 1945 a B-24D, # 42-41253, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission to Chengkung, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was last contacted by radio with PFC Stanly T. Ruke, 12032504, at about 2200 Zulu over the Jorhat marker. Native reports of a crash 5 miles west of the village of Shakchi, India, in the Naga Hills, led to discovery of the wreckage of the crash. It was 60 miles from Jorhat, India, on a course of 125°. The B-24 struck the side of a ridge at about 4,500’ on a heading of between 220° to 250°.