42-41253         MACR 13130

 

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. In 1945 and after Burma was retaken, commanders had begun using B-24s, rather than the transport versions – the C-87 (cargo) and the C-109 (fuel) – as transport aircraft. The crew was:

 

                                          Pilot                             Capt. Raymond Armoska                     0-724666

                                          Co-Pilot                       FO Bryan R. Gilliam                           T-223731

                                          Crew Chief                  Sgt Frank B. Paruck                             16142902

                                          Radio Operator            PFC Seymour Schipior                        32386005

 

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.

 

The next-of-kin were listed as:

 

                                           Armoska          Walter J. Armoska, B, 709 Avenue L, Sterling, IL

                                           Gilliam            Jim M. Gilliam, U, 20th Century Courts, Columbia, TN

                                           Paruck             Virginia B. Paruck, W, 3543 S. Hamilton St., Chicago, IL

                                           Schipior           Herman Schipior, F, 375 Pulaski St., Brooklyn, NY

ARMOSKA, RAYMOND M., Captain, # 0-724666, USAAF

 

Raymond Armoska was born on 1 October 1914 in Illinois to John Armoska (1872-1953) and Caroline (Kula) Armoska (1887-1976). Siblings were Walter J. Armoska (1907-1984), Helen M. (Armoska) Zitkus (1908-1962), Joseph James Armoska (1916-1998).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at the Savanna Ordenance Proving Grounds, Illinois, on 26 September 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission 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. After recovery, his remains were buried with those of Flight Officer Gilliam (indistinguishable) in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky (Sec. E, Grave 31). He is named on the tablets of the Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing Memorial, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.