43-48869 MACR 14362
On 5 May 1945 a C-47B, # 43-48869, assigned to 14th Air Force, 1340th AAF Base Unit, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Chihkiang, China, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. The crew was:
Pilot 2ndLt Benjamin Raymond Jablonski 0-812599
Co-Pilot 2ndLt William Howell Davis 0-2067666
Radio Operator Pvt Louis J. Merenda 13175064
The next-of-kin listed were:
Jablonski Mary T. Jablonski, W, 3629 E. 57th St., Cleveland, OH
Merenda Mary C. Merenda, M, 5553 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA
Davis Sarah E. Davis, M, 213 E. End Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
JABLONSKI, BENJAMIN RAYMOND, Second Lieutenant, # 0-812599, USAAF
Benjamin R. Jablonski was born on 27 November 1917 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, to William (Waclaw) Jablonski (1879-1959) (Poland – Russia) and Viola (Valeria Gruzewski) Jablonski (1889- ). Siblings were Eleanor Stephanie (Jablonski) Bakalar nee Jeske (1906-1999) (Poland – Russia), Sylvester Michael Jablonski (1910-1965), and Felix N. Jablonski (1916-1974). He was married to Mary T. Jablonski, 3629 E. 57th St., Cleveland, Ohio.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Cleveland, Ohio, on 24 June 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 5 May 1945 a C-47B, # 43-48869, assigned to 14th Air Force, 1340th AAF Base Unit, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Chihkiang, China, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. The C-47 crashed and the crew was killed. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
His brother, Felix N. Jablonski, born 21 March 1916, served in the U.S. Navy from 9 January 1942 to 8 November 1945. He died 29 August 1974 and is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio.