43-3663           MACR 14725

 

On 19 June 1945 a B-25D-36NC, # 43-3663, assigned to 14th Air Force, 10th Weather Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, at Chengtu, China, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a flight to Hsian, China. Last contact was by radio at about 0245 Zulu near Hunchung with Tower Operators Sgt John A. Stekel, 13273411, Cpl Arthur L. Kahn, 32507551, and Cpl Larence M. Epstein, 32877589. The location was east of Kwangyuan, China near a mountain and north-northeast of Langchung, China. Search was led by 1stLt Harold B. Terhune, 0-815783, Flight Leader of Flight “C”, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadrom (Medium) and the Air Rescue and Chinese Rescue teams were alerted. A map is in the MACR folder. The crew was:

 

                                     Pilot                                         Maj. Robert C. Kunz                            0-436779

                                     Co-Pilot                                   FO James M. Pyka                               T-137530

                                     Navigator/Bombardier            1stLt Stanley Z. Abrams                      0-675977

                                     Crew Chief                              SSgt Billy R. Isham                             39296231

                                     Radio Operator                        SSgt Alvin C. Schaefer                       37477372

(enlisted men served dually as gunners)

The listed next-of-kin were:

                                      Kunz               Mildred E. Kunz, W, 15 Essex Court, Port Washington, NY

                                      Pyka                Roberta J. Pyka, W, 207 S. Edison St., Box 491, Fredericksburg, TX

                                      Abrams            Etta E. Abrams, M, 802 S. Curson Ave., Los Angeles, CA

                                      Isham              Ruth N. Isham, M, Rte 2, Box 548, Redlands, CA

                                      Schaefer           Joseph C. Schaefer, F, 106 Phillip Ave., Norfolk, NE

KUNZ, ROBERT C., Major, # 0-436779, USAAF

 

Robert C. Kunz was born on 3 November 1919 in Manhattan, New York, New York, to Francis “Frank” Joseph Kunz (1877-1951) (IL) and Magdalena (Brunnengraber) Kunz (1876-    ) (Lorsch, Hessen, Germany) (married 26 June 1900, Kings Co., NY). Siblings were Frank A. Kunz (1901-1974), Anna F. (Kunz) Lechieder (1906-1988), James J. Kunz (1904-1958), Catherine M. (Kunz) Vowinkel (1908-1988), Eleanor (Kunz) Rieman (1911-1994), Robert Joseph Kunz (1920-1996).

He graduated from St. Lawrence College. He married Mildred E. () Kunz. She recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman. The 1940 census shows his mother widowed.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in New York, New York, on 21 June 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he trained to fly the North American Aircraft B-25 Mitchell as a multi-engine rated pilot. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 June 1945 a B-25D-36NC, # 43-3663, assigned to 14th Air Force, 10th Weather Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, at Chengtu, China, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a flight to Hsian, China. Last contact was by radio at about 0245 Zulu near Hunchung with Tower Operators Sgt John A. Stekel, 13273411, Cpl Arthur L. Kahn, 32507551, and Cpl Larence M. Epstein, 32877589. The location was east of Kwangyuan, China near a mountain and north-northeast of Langchung, China. Search was led by 1stLt Harold B. Terhune, 0-815783, Flight Leader of Flight “C”, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadrom (Medium) and the Air Rescue and Chinese Rescue teams were alerted. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in he Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.