On 15 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4977, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of Kemsi Mansam. It was last sighted by 2ndLt William H. Dugan, 0-718895, at about 0900 hours near Kemsi Mansam (coordinates 21º 55’ North & 97º 50’ East). 2ndLt Dugan reported that he was flying east to the target and met 43-4977 flying west. Dugan called him and told him the weather that direction was extremely bad but received no reply and did not see the B-25 again. After recovery from India, the crew’s remains (Cobb, Collins, Malovich, Plunkett, & Thorn) were buried in a common grave in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, (Sec. J, Grave 135).

 

His father, born 19 December 1890, was in the U.S. Army, Private, # 5617140, during WW I, enlisted 23 October 1918 and honorably discharged 9 January 1919. He was assigned to Camp Bowie, Signal Corps, Texas. He died 7 May 1960 and is buried in the Fort Rosecrans national Cemetery, San Diego, California, Sec. V, Grave 524).

John D. Cobb

MALOVICH, ADOLPH MARCK, Sergeant, # 36743591, USAAF

 

Adolph M. Malovich was born on 7 September 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, to Marko “Mack” Malovich (1891-<1939) (Zaplano, Yugoslavia - immigrated 1909) and Josefa “Josephine” (Cepin) Malovich (1890-1969) (Planina, Yugoslavia – immigrated 1912) (married 27 January 1916, Chicago, IL). Siblings included Mildred (Malovich) Vesely (1916-1982) (IL), Erma Josephine (Malovich) Peknik (1917-2005) (IL) . His father was a cabinet maker (fine carpentry) in 1921. A first cousin (paternal) lived with them, Veronica Malovich (1910-    ) (Minnesota), in 1930. He was married to Zdenka P. Malovich, 329 S Hamlin Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell and as a gunner. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4977, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of Kemsi Mansam. It was last sighted by 2ndLt William H. Dugan, 0-718895, at about 0900 hours near Kemsi Mansam (coordinates 21º 55’ North & 97º 50’ East). 2ndLt Dugan reported that he was flying east to the target and met 43-4977 flying west. Dugan called him and told him the weather that direction was extremely bad but received no reply and did not see the B-25 again. After recovery from India, the crew’s remains (Cobb, Collins, Malovich, Plunkett, & Thorn) were buried in a common grave in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, (Sec. J, Grave 135).