43-16350         MACR 14963

 

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. The crew was:

                                        Pilot                             1stLt John F. Pospichal             0-681185   

                                        Co-Pilot                       FO Frederick L. Patterson        T-130442

                                        Radio Operator            TSgt Jerome H. Birkenfeld      13086822

                                        Crew Chief                  SSgt Robert S. Abeel Jr.           34731198

                                        Passenger                     Maj. Leslie G. Shellan

                                        Passenger                     Col. James C. MacMullan

The next-of-kin listed were:

                            Pospichal         Katherine B. Pospichal, W, 614 Trenton Ave., San Antonio, TX

                            Patterson         Rose B. Patterson, W, 3219 Linwood Rd, Cincinnati, OH

                            Birkenfeld        Sarah P. Birkenfeld, M, 6419 Forward Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

                            Abeel               Ruby B. Abeel, M, 1604 Union Ave., Chattanooga, TN

POSPICHAL, JOHN FRANK, First Lieutenant, # 0-681185, USAAF

 

John F. Pospichal was born on 13 July 1919 in Garber, Garfield Co., Oklahoma, to Joseph Frank Pospichal (1896-1956) and Anna (Skaia) Pospichal (1901-1962). Siblings were Alfred Thomas Pospichal (1921-2006) and Dorothy Maxine Pospichal (1923-2006). He married on 3 September 1942 in Waco, Texas.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Oklahoma National Guard) in Norman, Oklahoma, on 16 September 1940 and was subsequently transferred to the USAAF. He completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings on 24 May 1943. 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 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 14 January 1949 (Sec. B, Grave 867).

 

His father, born 4 January 1896, served in WWI and WWII, in the U.S. Army (Corps of Engineers, 4th Division, Co. E), Private, # 6703048, and the U.S. Navy Reserves, # 569131, from 8 October 1917 to 1 March 1918 and 7 April 1942 to 28 November 1944 (USNR). He died 8 July 1956 and is buried in the Restlawn Cemetery, Harlingen, Texas.

 

His brother Alfred T. Pospichal, born 10 December 1921, enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard 16 September 1940 and served during WWII. He died 3 December 2006 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.