BIRKENFELD, JEROME HAROLD, Technical Sergeant, # 13086822, USAAF

 

Jerome H. Birkenfeld was born on 4 July 1922 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, to Max Joseph Birkenfeld (1893-1948) (Hungary) and Sara A. (Pitler) Birkenfeld (1893-1979). Siblings were Rhea Lillian (Birkenfeld) Roth (1921-2014) and Betty B. (Birkenfeld) Banin (1925-2009). His parents recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 6409 Forward Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, and described himself as 5’8”, 158 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 8 July 1941 and entered active duty on 20 June 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 28 September 1945 a C-47B, “Able Baker,” # 43-16350, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Hsian, China on a flight to Liangshan, China. At about 1428 hours it was between Peishivi and Liangshan, China and crashed enroute. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Beth Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

His father, born 20 April 1893. Served in the U.S. Army during WWI, Sergeant, # 1964841, Provisional Infantry Battalion, Co. L, from 5 September 1917 to 9 January 1919. He died 22 October 1948 and is buried in the Beth Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

ABEEL, ROBERT SARLES, III, Staff Sergeant, # 34731198, USAAF

 

Robert S. Abeel Jr. was born on 7 December 1924 in Tennessee to Robert S. Abeel Jr. (1883-1966) (NY) and Ruby Lee (Baker) Abeel (1897-1985) (AL). Siblings were Bette June Abeel (1923-2012) (TN) and Mary Katherine (Abeel) Quinn (1929-    ) (TN). Living with them in 1930 was his first cousin, Frank Cooper (1914-    ) (AL). His father owned a gasoline station in 1930 and was an oil company salesman in 1940. Living with them in 1940 were his aunt, Dorothy (Abeel) Johnson (1915-1992) and her husband, Maurice Alfred Johnson (1913-1983).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 22 April 1943. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 28 September 1945 a C-47B, “Able Baker,” # 43-16350, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Hsian, China on a flight to Liangshan, China. At about 1428 hours it was between Peishivi and Liangshan, China and crashed enroute. After recovery from China, his remains (with those of Flight Officer Patterson – indistinguishable) were buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 18 August 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 100).