He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 4 December 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 November 1944 a P-51C-11NT, # 44-10812, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 25th Fighter Squadron, Yunnanyi, China, departed the airfield on a tactical reconnaissance mission. It was last seen near Lampang, China, after the flight engaged a number of enemy fighters. 1stLt Roger R. Vadenais reported that 2ndLt Minco was his wingman and asked if he saw three enemy Nates, “Do you see them, Vad?” They attacked the enemy fighters and he did not see 2ndLt Minco again. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His father, John C. Minco, born in 1896 in Austria, served during WW I, a Sergeant. He died 19 April 1933 and is buried in the Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

His brother, John F. Minco, born 1 April 1922, enlisted in the U.S. Army from 13 October 1942. He died 18 August 2011.

44-11058         MACR 10960

 

On 25 December 1944 a P-51C-10, # 44-11058, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Kanchow on a bomb/strafe mission over Nanking, China. Last contact was over Nanking. The pilot was Capt. Paul J. Reis, # 0-660201.

 

REIS, PAUL J, Captain, # 0-660201, USAAF

 

Paul J. Reis was born on 9 December 1919 in Belleville, St. Clair Co., Illinois, to John M. Reis (1888-1980) and Lucie M. (Chuse) Reis (1890-1983). Siblings were John Peter Reis (1916-2000) and Marion J. Reis (1930-    ). He graduated from Dayton University.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Scott Field, Illinois, on 30 October 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China in August 1944. On 25 December 1944 a P-51C-10, # 44-11058, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 74th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Kanchow on a bomb/strafe mission over Nanking, China. Last contact was over Nanking. His remains were recovered in China and buried in the Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, St. Clair Co., Illinois.

 

His brother, John P. Reis, born 5 May 1916, served in the U.S. Army, a Staff Sergeant, during WWII. He died 3 October 2000 and is buried ine the Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois.