CHIBNIK, ALBERT (NMI), Staff Sergeant, # 11007703, USAAF

 

Albert Chibnik was born 1915 in Malden, Massachusetts, to Harry Chibnik (1887-1959) and Lena (Firishovitaz) Chibnik (1888-1960) (both born in Russia). Siblings included Milton N. Chibnik (1914-1944), Maurice Chibnik (1917-2011) and Gertrude (Chibnik) Shubert (1921-2001). His father arrived in the U.S. on 16 March 1906 from Minsk, Russia, and declared his intent to become naturalized 29 November 1913. On 24 February 1913, he married Lena Firishovitz, in Minnehaha, South Dakota. In 1944 Abert’s mother recorded him as a Jewish serviceman, 111 Franklin St., Malden, Massachusetts.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 16 August 1940. He was trained in the operation and maintenance of the B-25 radios and interphone. On 12 May 1943, B-25C, # 42-22034, departed Kurmitola, India, on a mission to bomb Pukokku, Burma, and was reported down at about 1115 hours near Magyibok, in the lower Chindwin River valley, which was enemy territory. No search was conducted due to poor visibility and inclimate weather. He returned to duty. On 26 February 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4363, departed from the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, on a combat mission to bomb the enemy bridge at Bawgyo, Burma. At 1337, the aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew were all killed in the crash. He is remembered at the Manila American Cemetery & Mortuary, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Milton M. Chibnik, born 10 January 1914 in Malden, Massachusetts, who enlisted on 6 March 1941, in Boston, died on 10 March 1944, while in the U.S. Army, # 31019724, a Sergeant Infantryman, in the 182nd Infantry Regiment (Americal Division), Company E. He is buried in the Pride of Boston – Montvale, Cemetery, Woburn, Massachusetts. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

MAHEN, WILLIAM J., JR., Sergeant, # 14079868, USAAF

 

William J. Mahen, Jr., was born 1921 in Louisiana to William J. Mahen (1891-1970) and Adele (Blake) Malen (1897-1948). He had a brother, John T. Mahen (1922-1992). The 1940 census for New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, shows the family living on Carrollton St., New Orleans.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 16 January 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He was trained as an armorer, responsible for the maintenance and function of the B-25 weapons. On 26 February 1944 a B-25H, # 43-4363, departed from the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, on a combat mission to bomb the enemy bridge at Bawgyo, Burma. At 1337, the aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. The crew were all killed in the crash. He is remembered at the Manila American Cemetery & Mortuary, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John Terrance Mahen, born 17 May 1923, with an address of 3623 So. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, enlisted in the USAAF on 19 July 1943. He registered for the WW II draft at age 19 years on 30 June 1942. He noted his brother as next-of-kin. He described himself as 5’10”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He had a small scar at the base of his right thumb. He was honorably discharged on 21 February 1946. He died on 1 April 1992 and is buried in the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Taft, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.