HENNING, LAWRENCE ALLEN “BUD”, Staff Sergeant, # 33149381, USAAF

 

Lawrence A. Henning was born on 5 March 1920 in Annille, Pennsylvania to Harry George Franklin Henning (1878-1951) and Elizabeth Mary (Moonshine) Henning (1883-1943). Siblings included Edith Henning (1901-1966), Stella Henning (1903-1907), Lily Henning (1903-    ), Clarence D. Henning (1904-1981), Warren Henning (1906-1908), Helen Elizabeth Henning (1908-1976), Annabelle Esther Henning (1910-1995), Denver Morris Henning (1912-1983), Ruth Edna (Henning) Huffman nee Fox (1918-1995), and Frances E. (Henning) Witmer (1926-2008). On 14 March 1943 he was married to Hilda P. Leese in Annville, Lebanon Co., PA.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1941, employed by Kreider Shoe Co., and described himself as 5’9”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, on 9 February 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a B-25H5, # 43-4213, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Feni, India, on a bombing misionover Monywa, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash about 10 miles SE of Kangamati, India, at about 0945 hours. SSgt Lester C. Bartlett, 39856237, saw the crash. One parachute was used. SSgt Harasimowicz survived. After its bomb run, it lost altitude and a parachute exited. The B-25 crashed and burned. Then the bombs on board exploded. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains and those of crewmen Ferrer, Henning, Kostanko, and Villalonga, were buried in a group ceremony together in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 14 May 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 55).

KOSTANKO, ALEXANDER LEO, Staff Sergeant, # 37030221, USAAF

 

Alexander L. Kostanko was born on 1 February 1919 in Virginia Co., Minnesota, to John Kostanko (1887-1934) (Galicia, Austria – immigrated 1908) and Anne (Marykit) Kostanko (1895-    ) (Galicia, Austria – immigrated 1911). Siblings included Stephena Kostanko (1913-    ) (Canada – immigrated 1918), Anna M. Kostanko (1914-    ), and Bernice (Kostanko) Harju (1916-    ).

 

He registered for the draft for WW II on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 6’3”, 176 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting, he was trained in the maintenance and function of the mechanical and electrical parts of the B-25 Mitchell and how to operate the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-25. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a B-25H5, # 43-4213, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Feni, India, on a bombing misionover Monywa, Burma. The B-25 was seen to crash about 10 miles SE of Kangamati, India, at about 0945 hours. SSgt Lester C. Bartlett, 39856237, saw the crash. One parachute was used. SSgt Harasimowicz survived. After its bomb run, it lost altitude and a parachute exited. The B-25 crashed and burned. Then the bombs on board exploded. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains and those of crewmen Ferrer, Henning, Kostanko, and Villalonga, were buried in a group ceremony together in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 14 May 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 55).