PALECEK, ALVIN PATRICK, Corporal, # 36279188, USAAF
Alvin P. Palecek was born on 17 March 1922 in Wisconsin to Joseph Palecek (1891-1958) and Rosina Anna (Seffern) Palecek (1892-1981). Siblings were Edna Rosina Palecek (1918-1974), Marvin Andrew Palecek (1919-2001), Edward Joseph Palecek (1920-2005), Lincoln D. Palecek (1925-2012), Lucille Elizabeth (Palecek) Krueger (1926-2005), and sisters.
After enlisting in the USAAF in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 28 October 1942, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 January 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 42-96721, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Chabua, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was with Kunming ATC at about 0937 Zulu. The C-46A encountered moderate to severe icing. It crashed enroute and the crew and passengers were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Lake View Memorial Park, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin.
His brother, Marvin A. Palecek, born 24 April 1919, served in the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, from 14 June 1941 to 1 June 1945. He died on 16 August 2001 and is buried in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter Co., Florida.