44-15260         P51 (MACR 14740)

 

On 27 June 1945, a P-51D-15NA, # 44-15260, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2nd Air Commando Group, 2nd Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India. It flew into bad weather conditions.

 

HEISICK, ROBERT CLYDE, First Lieutenant, # 0-695008, USAAF

 

Robert C. Heisick was born on 5 June 1920 in Bozeman, Gallatin Co., Montana to George W. Heisick (1880-1953) (Bistra, Austria, Hungary) and Mary Cecelia Heisick nee Oravetz (1886-1971) (Minn.) (married 14 February 1918, Livingston, MT). Siblings included Georgia Mary (Heisick) Pfeiffer (1918-2005), William M. Heisick (1923-2008), Irene V. (Oravetz) Rudie (1902-1996), and Gerald J. Oravetz (1909-1950). He was married to Vivian (Hampton) Heisick on 12 October 1944 in Polk Co., Florida.

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 308 S. Church, Bozeman, MT, employed by John Parker, and described himself as 6’, 165 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Butte, Montana, on 8 February 1942. On 27 June 1945, a P-51D-15NA, # 44-15260, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2nd Air Commando Group, 2nd Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India. It flew into bad weather conditions and crashed. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal.

 

His brother, William M. Heisick, born 26 August 1923, enlisted in Butte, Montana, on 3 April 1943. He died on 27 February 2008 and is buried in the Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, MT.

Map - location of crash