From a point a few miles North of Kyaukme, they were to fly along the road North to Namhsan, covering the villages enroute. From there, they were to skirt the Namtu mines area enroute to Mongtat and head for their base. The aircraft did not return from the mission. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, George A. Zaiontz, born 1 December 1926, served in the U.S. Army from 8 December 1944 to 11 July 1946. He died 19 April 1980 and is buried in the Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Texas.

WELSBACHER, GERALD L., Corporal, # 35174416, USAAF

 

Gerald L. Welsbacher was born on 12 February 1919 in Ohio to Harry Gordon Welsbacher (1897-1964) and Louise Elfrieda (Kellner) Welsbacher (1897-19930. Siblings included Gordon W, Welsbacher (1917-1981) and Jacob Albert Welsbacher (1920-1921) and a sister.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Akron, Ohio, on 13 May 1943. He was trained as an armorer and gunner on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 January 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4493, “Gloria,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a mission to drop O.W.I. propaganda pamphlets over villages from Kyaukme to Namhsan; the hill villages in the vicinity of Namhsan; and Mongtat village; and crashed enroute at about 1340 hours. The crew was briefed to fly to Mongmit, fly a heading SE to the Namhsim River, pick up and follow the road and turn South toward the rail-line, but to avoid the rail-line and Kyaukme. From a point a few miles North of Kyaukme, they were to fly along the road North to Namhsan, covering the villages enroute. From there, they were to skirt the Namtu mines area enroute to Mongtat and head for their base. The aircraft did not return from the mission. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Gordon W. Welsbacher, born 13 August 1917, enlisted in the USAAF on 22 January 1941 and served to 16 November 1945. He died on 9 June 1981 and is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.