KEUP, FREDERICK EDWARD, Staff Sergeant, # 36325666, USAAF

 

Frederick E. Keup was born on 30 December 1910 in Saunemin, Livingston Co., Illinois to Frederick Homer Keup (1889-1957) and Florence Louise (Short) Keup (1891-1969). He graduated from the University of Illinois. In 1958 his mother resided at 8620 S. Marshfield Ave., Chicago, Illinois. He was married to Mary (Odde) Tapke nee Keup (1916-1970).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Grant, Illinois on 18 March 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 March 1945 a B-25D-36NC, “Bit of Lace,” # 43-3671, assigned to 10th Air Force, 10th Weather Region Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Guskhara, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a staging mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio when it was near Myitkyina, Burma, after landing there and refueling. A pilot of another B-25, Lt. John C. Scales, tried to contact 43-3672 and got no replies. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin, Illinois. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

ZOK, John, Technical Sergeant, # 31072294, USAAF

 

John Zok was born 1918 in Oxford, Lawrence Co., Massachusetts, to Jacob Zok (1891-1951) (Russia – immigrated 1910) and Justyna “Annie” Zok (1893-1973) (Austria immigrated 1911) (married in 1915) (both Polish). Siblings were Michael Nicholas Zok (1915-1989) (RI), Anastasia Zok (1920-1999) (MA), and Wasil Zok (1923-2015) (MA).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on 6 March 1942. He was trained as an enlisted weatherman and was a passenger on the sortie. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 March 1945 a B-25D-36NC, “Bit of Lace,” # 43-3671, assigned to 10th Air Force, 10th Weather Region Group, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Guskhara, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a staging mission to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio when it was near Myitkyina, Burma, after landing there and refueling. A pilot of another B-25, Lt. John C. Scales, tried to contact 43-3672 and got no replies. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.