His brother, LeRoy Oscar Chambers, born 1 July 1918, enlisted in the U.S. Army (service # 898209) and served from 1938 to 1940 in Panama. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps 7 September through 13 February 1945 then was overseas in the South Pacific through 17 January 1946. He returned to the U.S. 18 January 1946 and was honorably separated 2 March 1946 at Quantico, Virginia. He died 23 February 2001 in Flagstaff, Coconino Co., Arizona, and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Flagstaff, Arizona. He was survived by his wife and 

 

His brother, Reginald Denny Chambers, born 3 September 1923, enlisted in the U.S. Army (service # 13048939) on 11 February 1942 and was in the U.S. through 5 October 1944. He was overseas from 6 October 1944 through 12 June 1945. He was returned to the U.S. 13 June 1945 and was honorably separated 8 November 1945 at the Deshon General Hospital, Butler, Pennsylvania. He died 15 April 1997 at Quinton, Oklahoma. He is survived by his nine children and grandchildren.

 

His brother, Robert Elwood Chambers, born 11 September 1930, served in the U.S. Marine Corps beginning 12 June 1949 and was honorably separated 11 June 1953. He served in the Korean War. He died 5 June 1979 and is buried in the Grandview Cemetery, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

ZAETZ, IRWIN GIBERT, First Lieutenant, # 0-791661, USAAF

 

Irwin G. Zaetz was born on 2 November 1917 to Morris Gersh Zaetz (1886-1977) and Jennie (Pichard) Zaetz (1886-1976). He had two siblings, Saul Paul Zaetz (1912-1980) and Leah (Zaetz) Rafsky (1920-1997).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet while living in Chittenden, Vermont, on 26 December 1941 at Rutland, Vermont, with one year of college. On 25 January 1944, at about 0700 hours, B-24J, # 42-73308, “Hot as Hell,” departed Kunming, China, for Chabua, India, with 1st Lt Zaetz as navigator. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 425th Bomb Squadron. It crashed in India. At 10:45 a.m., the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed; B-24D, # 41-23889, crashed near Jorhat, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). “Hot as Hell” was found eventually. His remains were remembered in the Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery, South Burlington, Vermont.   Images next page.