HUBA, JOSEPH F., JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-801760, USAAF

 

Joseph F. Huba (Jr.) was born on 30 July 1916 in New York to Joseph (Josephus Palaczki Huba) F. Huba (1888-1967) (Hungary-Austria) and Johanna “Anna” Huba (1893-1973). Siblings were John D. Huba (1919-1986) and Francis “Frank” M. Huba (1924-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF in West Point, New York, on 4 May 1942, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 February 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 43-46983, assigned 10th Air Force, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Sookerating, India. Last contact was at about 2330 hours IST with Chabua, India. It crashed enroute and the crew was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Assumption Cemetery, Cortlandt, Westchester Co., New York. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, John D. Huba, born 21 July 1919, served in the U.S. Army from 25 March 1942. He died May 1986.

 

His brother, Francisco M. Huba, born in 1924, served in the USAAF from 28 January 1944.

BOLEY, WILLIAM POWELL, Sergeant, # 34433224, USAAF

 

William P. Boley was born on 17 July 1921 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania Co., North Carolina, to Ernest Decatur Boley (1900-1994) (TN) and Arkie (McCall) Boley (1903-1993) (NC). Siblings were Mildred E. Boley (1924-    ), infant Richard Boley (1925-1925), Voight Earl Boley (1928-1992), and Freda Jean (Boley) Case (1933-    ). In 1940 the family was living with his maternal grandparents, William Allison McCall (1868-1940) and Samantha Elizabeth (Owen) McCall (1874-1949).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, resided in Macedonia, Transylvania Co., North Carolina, employed by Wallace Wood of Wolf Mountain, NC, and described himself as 5’8 ½”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Croft, South Carolina, on 30 September 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 February 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 43-46983, assigned 10th Air Force, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Sookerating, India. Last contact was at about 2330 hours IST with Chabua, India. It crashed enroute and the crew was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.