DOLICEK, LADDIE ANTON, Sergeant, # 16141519, USAAF

 

Laddie A. Dolicek was born 13 June 1919 in Cicero, Illinois, to Albert Emil Dolicek (1882-1954) (Czechoslovakia – naturalized) and Zdenka (Francek) Dolicek (1888-    ) (Bohemia) (married 26 July 1918, Chicago, IL).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided in the rural area of Cary, McHenry Co., Illinois, and described himself as 5’8”, 178 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 19 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator, He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 December 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 43-30573, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, Jorhat, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was when it was over Gologhat at about 1131 Zulu. The C-87 crashed enroute and the wreckage was located. The remains of the crew was buried in a common grave. Correspondence confirming the wreckage location and crew death was dated 2 January 1945. The personal effects of three of the crew (except Dolicek) were found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

B-24/C-87 Express Liberator