It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Catholic Cemetery, Marfa, Texas. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Rodolpho Morales, born 11 September 1921, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, on 10 July 1942.

KENDZUR, MAX SIMON, First Lieutenant, # 0-862164, USAAF

 

Max Samuel Kendzur was born on 27 January 1917 to Samuel Kendzur (1886-1967) and Sadie (Samuel) Kenzur (1892-1979) (married 5 April 1916, Manhattan, NY). Siblings included Janice (Kendzur) Ferola (1919-1988), Miriam (Kendzur) Kolodney (1924-    ), . In 1920-1930 his maternal grandmother, Bertha (White) Samuel (1861-    ) was living with them. His father recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman. In 1930/40 his father was a merchant and in 1940 Max S. was an engineer.

 

He registered for the WWII on 16 October 1940, resided at 104 N. Whitney St., Hartford, CT, employed by the Fatnir Bearing Co., and described himself as 5’ 11 ½”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. After enlisting he was trained as an engineer on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India then to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Veterans Cemetery, Windsor, Connecticut.

LECKLITER, RICHARD PAUL, Sergeant, # 17100531, USAAF

 

Richard P. Leckliter was born on 23 June 1919 to Harry Reason Leckliter (1896-1965) and Elsie (Wicker) Leckliter (1897-1971). He was married to Dorothy Mae (Ritchards) Kent nee Leckliter.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided in Elk Falls, Kansas, employed by AJ&SF Railway, and described himself as 5’9”, 214 lbs, with black hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Riley, Kansas, on 3 November 1942. He was trained to operate the radar on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India then to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. 2ndLt Pruitt was the co-pilot. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Elk Falls Cemetery, Elk Falls, Kansas.