He enlisted in the USAAF on 30 January 1943. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Curtiss P-51. He earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 18 July 1945 a North American Aircraft P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-24960, assigned 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, on a combat fighter sweep over Hsingan, China. The P-51 crashed and burned at about 1300 Zulu about 8 miles southwest of Chuanhsien, China. Maj. Floyd Finberg reported that 2ndLt Oparowski was his wingman on a four-fighter flight. At 1200 hours the flight reached its secondary target, the road northeast of Chaunsien, China. The bombed with fragmentation bombs and strafed buildings in the vicinity of Huangshapu, China. 2ndLt Oparowski called and said his windshield was covered with oil; at about 1,000’ heading west of Huangshapu. After no contact, Maj. Finberg saw a fire with black smoke about 5 miles west of Huangshapu. He overflew the wreckage and was sure it was 2ndLt Oparowski’s aircraft. He saw explosions of ammunition. He saw no parachute. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
43-24977 MACR 13586
On 28 March 1945 a North American P-51C-10 Mustang, # 43-24977, assigned 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Tuhshan, China, on a combat fighter sweep over the Kaitak airdrome. Last contact was at about 1340 hours when the aircraft was over Hong Kong. The pilot was 2ndLt Stanley J. Chmielewski, # 0-807169.
CHMIELEWSKI, STANLEY JOSEPH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-807169, USAAF
Stanley J. Chmielewski was born on 27 October 1921 in Pennsylvania to Stanley Chmielewski (1891-1972) (Poland) and Elizabeth Chmielewski (1893-1962). Siblings were Blanche Chmielewski (1917-2003), Leonard Chmielewski (1919-1975), Jennie Antoinette Chmielewski (1923-2013), and Isabelle A. (Chmielewski) Sepp (1925-2007).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Allentown, Pennsylvania on 7 August 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Curtiss P-51. He earned his commission and fighter pilot wings.