On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6301, “Wayupinthere,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Chakulia, India, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission to the aircraft assembly plants at Yuwata, Japan. A crash was reported 45 miles south of Kunlien, China. A plane had crashed and burned at roughly 170 miles south of Hsinching, China, at about 2200 on 20 August 1944 and was identified as 42-6301. All crew members were killed. Eleven bodies were found and buried in separate graves by the Chinese. Last contact was by radar over Yellow River. Since radar of that early era was rarely used for guidance, it was believed they ran out of fuel. His remains were recovered from China and the Hawaii Masoleum # 2 and then were buried in the Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey, on 6 April 1949 (Sec. G, Grave 65).

JALACIC, FRANCIS RAYMOND, Sergeant, # 3731595, USAAF

 

Francis R. Jalacic was born on 15 June 1921 in Minnesota to Francis “Frank” Mathew Jalacic (1892-1988) (Austria emigrated 1908- naturalized) and Elizabeth “Lizzie” F. (Galetka) Jalacic (1894-1973) (PA). A sister was Geraldine Jalacic (1927-1933). He attended Cretin High School. His father worked as an insurance agent.

 

After enlisting, he was selected for and trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on the B-29 Superfotress and he was the designated left waist gunner on the day he died. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6301, “Wayupinthere,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Chakulia, India, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission to the aircraft assembly plants at Yuwata, Japan. A crash was reported 45 miles south of Kunlien, China. A plane had crashed and burned at roughly 170 miles south of Hsinching, China, at about 2200 on 20 August 1944 and was identified as 42-6301. All crew members were killed. Eleven bodies were found and buried in separate graves by the Chinese. Last contact was by radar over Yellow River. Since radar of that early era was rarely used for guidance, it was believed they ran out of fuel. His remains were recovered from China and the Hawaii Masoleum # 2 and then were buried in the Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey, on 6 April 1949 (Sec. G, Grave 65).

 

His father, Frank M. Jalacic, born 3 December 1882, served in the U.S. Army during WW I, a Private, from 24 July 1918 to 4 January 1919. He is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery (Sec. N, Grave 5058).