RAJNIC, ANDREW EDWARD, Private, # 33014255, USAAF
Andrew E. Rajnic was born on 30 April 1916 in Lansford, Carbon Co., Pennsylvania, to Imrich "Harry" Invich Rajnic (1888-1922) and Teresa (MacKovic) Hook nee Rajnic (1893-1965) (Czchechoslovakia). Siblings included Joseph Rajnic (1911-1980), Stephen Andrew Rajnic (1914-1984), Frank Joseph Rajnic (1918-1992), Helen Josephine (Rajnic) Izzo (1921-2005).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 11 April 1942 (5'7 1/2", 180 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes) (missing 2 toes - scar left temple). He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46 and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas on 28 November 1943 to 10th Air Force in India. On 17 September 1944, a C-46A, # 42-61067, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th AAF Base Unit, at Misamari, India, on a cargo mission, departed an advance airfield at Chanyi, China, returning to Misamari, India, in a cargo mission. It was presumed to have crashed into mountains and the last contact was at 1413Z while between Shingdwiyang, Burma, and Jorhat, India. The wreckage was found at an altitude of 11,000’, at 28º 15’ North & 94º 23’ East, near Kayi Ligok, India, on 24 January 1945. The location and nature of the terrain in Arunachal Pradesh, India, made it impossible to reach the wreckage. The wreckage was located a second time in 2009 but no remains were recovered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.His brother Stephen A. Rajnic, born 2 September 1914, served in the U.S. Coast Guard, # 7002695, from 21 October 1943 to 14 February 1946. Stephen died 10 September 1984 and buried in the Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish Cemetery, Nesquehoning, Carbon Co., Pennsylvania.