CHURGIN, ROBERT E., First Lieutenant, # 0-818830, USAAF

 

Robert E. Churgin was born on 5 August 1920 in New York, New York, to Joseph Simha Churgin (1890-    ) (Turkey; Toffa, Palestine – naturalized 1944) and Leanora M. (Judge) Churgin (1901-    ) (England). Siblings were Rose Churgin (1918-1988) and Charles j. Churgin (1924-1970). He was married to Joan (Landberg) Churgin on 31 December 1941 in Manhattan, New York, New York. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by Joan Churgin. His father was a druggist in 1920 and a druggist who owned his drug store in 1930.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast. The aircraft was presumedly lost at sea somewhere along the coast of China and French Indochina (Japanese occupied). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Charles Judge Churgin, born 7 June 1924, served in the U.S. Navy, Seaman 1st Class, #8088517 on the U.S.S. LST # 138 (1944), from 26 January 1943 during WWII. He died on 20 July 1970 and is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Canastota, Madison Co., New York (Sec. 10, Lot 54).

CARMODY, JOHN M., JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-821960, USAAF

 

John M. Carmody Jr. was born in 11 September 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, to John M. Carmody (1881-1952) (Claire, Ireland – naturalized 1908) and Bridget Ann (Calvey) Carmody (1887-1964) (Ireland - (married 28 June 1916, IL). Siblings were Marie Jean Carmody (1917-1997), Rita Catherine (Carmody) Murphy (1919-1992), Eileen Cecilia (Carmody) Hicks (1920-1997), Edward Gerald Carmody (1924-1973), Thomas L. Carmody (1927-1969). His father was a railroad engineer in 1940.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast. The aircraft was presumedly lost at sea somewhere along the coast of China and French Indochina (Japanese occupied). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Thomas L. Carmody, born 1 June 1927, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He died 12 March 1969 and is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Cook Co., Illinois.