After enlisting, he was trained as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. On 26 June 1944, a B-29, #42-6323, nicknamed “Eileen,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, crashed on takeoff from the airfield at Chabua, India. The aircraft was a total loss and all of the crew were killed. Some were deemed “killed during an operational flight.” Insufficient identifiable remains were recovered from the crash of the B-29 to deem him killed in action, which resulted in him being deemed, missing in action. Like the remainder of his crew, he was killed in the crash. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.

 

His brother, Raymond J. Miklosh, born 25 February 1926, enlisted in the USAAF at Laredo USAAF Airfield on 3 November 1945.

 

His paternal uncle, Albert P. Miklosh, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 16 November 1936 at Chicago, Illinois. He served as a Private in the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, Ninth Battalion, Company D.

RINKE, CHESTER L., Flight Officer, # T-192820, USAAF

 

Chester L. Rinke was born in 1911 in Michigan to Lawrence Carl Rinke (1887-    ) and Clara M. (Turner) Galby nee Rinke (1892-    ) (married 11 July 1909; divorced 22 October 1924. On 29 October 1924, his mother married Alfred Galby – 1889-1951).  A sibling was Floyd W. Rinke (1914-1968) and half-sibling Betty Galby (1925-    ). On 19 August 1933, he married Evelyn N. Cole (1913-1942) of Marquette, Michigan (born in Munising, Michigan). On 7 October 1938, they had a daughter, Sue Gaile Rinke, who died of bronchil pneumonia on 12 February 1944.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Chanute Field, Illinois, on 19 July 1940. He was subsequently selected to be a flight engineer on the B-29 Superfortress. He was trained in the maintenance and function of the electrical and mechanical parts of the B-29. As flight engineer, he would monitor an array of sensor dials and switches in the engineer’s position on the B-29. He earned his commission and wings. On 26 June 1944, a B-29, #42-6323, nicknamed “Eileen,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, crashed on takeoff from the airfield at Chabua, India. The aircraft was a total loss and all of the crew were killed. Some were deemed “killed during an operational flight.” Insufficient identifiable remains were recovered from the crash of the B-29 to deem him killed in action, which resulted in him being deemed, missing in action. Like the remainder of his crew, he was killed in the crash. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.