ZUCHOSKI, WILLIAM F., Staff Sergeant, # 32433089, USAAF

 

William F. Zuchoski was born 28 February 1921 in Brookyn, Kings County, New York, to Frank Zuchoski (1886-    ) and Mary (Forsman) Zuchoski (1889-    ). He had a sister, Viola (Zuchoski) Peterson, of 48-63 38th St., Long Island, NY. In 1930, the family lived on Java Street, Brooklyn, with Frank’s cousin, Charles Edmonds and brother-in-law Henry Forsman (1892), as lodgers.

 

He enlisted at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, on 20 August 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and mechanics of the B-25 and qualified as an aircraft engineer (now called crew chief) and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 April 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4234, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Tezgeon, Bengal, India, on a bombing mission of a supply dump 6 & ¾ miles on median 290º from the Mogaung Bridge, Burma. The weather was 80% cover with local storms in the hills. The formation of B-25s were flying IFR, missed a turn, and entered the storm area with the remainder of the formation. It was a battle casualty. It crashed SSE of Songsang and NEE of Tolbung. Searches were conducted 17 and 18 April 1944 by nine sorties with no results. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.

KENNY, CHARLES J., JR., Sergeant, # 32560508

 

Charles J. Kenny, Jr., was born 1919 to Charles J. Kenny (1892-1953) (1940 census – widowed) and Gertrude (Reilley) Kenny (1893-    ) (married 1918). A sister was Mary A. Kenny (1920-19). In 1940, the family lived in Leonia, Bergen, New Jersey. In 1941 Charles J. Kenny married Myrtle A. Miller.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army while living in Bergen, New Jersey, on 2 October 1942, at Newark, New Jersey. He was trained as an armorer for the B-25 Mitchell and as such, he was responsible for the aintenance and function of all weapons on the bomber, including aerial Browning .50 caliber machineguns and all personal weapons carried by the crew. He was sent overseas to India. On 16 April 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4234, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 81st Bomb Squadron, departed the air field at Tezgeon, Bengal, India, on a bombing mission of a supply dump 6 & ¾ miles on median 290º from the Mogaung Bridge, Burma. The weather was 80% cover with local storms in the hills. The formation of B-25s were flying IFR, missed a turn, and entered the storm area with the remainder of the formation. It was a battle casualty. It crashed SSE of Songsang and NEE of Tolbung. Searches were conducted 17 and 18 April 1944 by nine sorties with no results. He is remembered in the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.