43-47294         C46      Chesky (MACR 14958)

 

On 14 July 1945, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 43-47294, nicknamed “Miss Virginia” and “Lil Bit of Texas,” assigned to USAAF, POA, 1st Air Transport Squadron, Naha, Okinawa, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a cargo mission to Kharagpur, India. The crew were:

                                               Pilot                             1stLt Robert G. Chesky                       0-701404

                                               Co-Pilot                       1stLt Robert M. Hagerman                  0-2059031

                                               Navigator                    F/O Keith G. Case                              T-140348

                                               Radio Operator            Cpl Hal E. Roberts                              34812243

                                               Engineer                      Sgt James C. Harris                              34319780

The next-of-kin listed were:

 

                                                   Chesky             William G. Chesky, F, Selby, SD

                                                   Hagerman        Marjorie E. Hagerman, W, c/o C.V. Moses, Kasota, Minn.

                                                   Case                 Floyd Case, F, Mount Emmons, OH

                                                   Harris              Harvey C. Harris, F, RFD 3, Henderson, NC

                                                   Roberts            E. R. Roberts, F, Hartselle, Alabama

CHESKY, ROBERT GARLAND, First Lieutenant, # 0-701404, USAAF

 

Robert G. Chesky was born on 7 December 1919 in South Dakota to William George Chesky (1867-1953) (Germany) and Anna Gertrude Chesky (1877-1955) (CA). Siblings included William August Chesky (1903-1963), Gertrude M. (Chesky) Wolf (1906-1967), Esther A. Chesky (1909-    ), Mabel L. Chesky (1913-    ), Arthur F. Chesky (1916-    ), Benjamin L. Chesky (1918-1986), Arnold J. Chesky (1921-1981). He graduated from Selby High School. He attended Northern State Teachers College and the Black Hills Teachers Colllege. He taught in Walworth Co., South Dakota.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas.

On 14 July 1945, a C-46A, # 43-47294, nicknamed “Miss Virginia” and “Lil Bit of Texas,” assigned to USAAF, 20th Air Force, POA, 1st Air Transport Squadron, Naha, Okinawa, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a cargo mission to Kharagpur, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Bangor Cemetery, Selby, South Dakota (with the wrong date of death on it). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.