JAEGER, JOHN F., Staff Sergeant, # 16069170, USAAF

 

He was born in 1920 in Illinois. He enlisted 20 March 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He trained as an engineer/mechanic on the B-24. On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the assistant engineer and a gunner on the B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

 

MALACH, LEO S., Staff Sergeant, # 18116499, USAAF

 

Leo S. Malach was born in 1922 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, to Max Malach (1881-1962) and Rachel Promer (1888-1974). Siblings included Leon S. Malach (1909-1912), Ethel Opal Malach (1911-1961), Pauline Ann Malach (1915-1989) and Gordon Isaac Malach (1916-1979).

 

He enlisted on 30 June 1942 in Houston, Texas, while residing at 2239 Broadway, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He trained as a radio operator/repairman of the radio systems on the B-24. On 25 November 1943, at about 1300 hours, he was the assistant radio operator on the B-24J, # 42-73070, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, Heavy, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airbase at Pandaveswar, India, on a combat mission to Mingaladon (enemy) air field, Rangoon, Burma. The B-24J was part of a formation bombing Rangoon and about fifteen minutes from the target, they were attacked by enemy fighters. The B-24J lost the #1 engine and fell behind the formation, losing altitude. The bombs were dropped over the target. The B-24J seemed to maintain an altitude of 9,400 feet until south and east of Akyab. It entered a heavy cloud bank and was not seen again. Based upon the area described, it likely went into the Bay of Bengal. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

TSgt Sidney A. Nunez

SSgt Leo S. Malach