ORLOFF, CHESTER LEROY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-738938, USAAF
Chester L. Orloff was born on 1 June 1916 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, to Samuel Orloff (Orlofsky)(1881- ) (Russia) and Hannah (Masters) Orloff (1893- ) (Russia). Siblings included Marion B. (Orloff) Stoler (1909-1954), Monford Arthur Orloff (1914-2000), and Louis Talbot Orloff (1924-2002). He graduated from Whatcom High School. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his father. His father was a real estate agent in 1925 and a merchant in 1940.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Seattle, Washington, on 11 April 1942. He was trained as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. He was transferred through India to China. On 15 January 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yangki, China, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a sea search mission. It crashed and all on board were killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Cemetery & Memorial of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 24 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 134).
His brother, Monford A. Orloff, born 29 March 1914, served in the U.S. Army from 18 August 1942 to 23 February 1946. He died 13 February 2000 in Multnomah Co., Oregon, and is buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska.
His brother, Louis T. Orloff, born 10 November 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 20 February 1943 to 15 October 1945. He died 27 December 2002 and is buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska.