SLIEPKA, MILAN JOHN, Sergeant, # 36650396, USAAF

 

Milan J. Sliepka was born on 10 September 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, to John (Jan) Sliepka (1896-    ) (DOB 12 February 1896, Banovce, Csechoslovakia – naturalized 1927 - – formerly Csechoslovakian Army – Serbian) and Mary Sliepka (Banovce, Czechoslovakia – arrived 22 September 1919, Ellis Island – naturalized 10 March 1927 ) on S.S. La Lorraine, Ellis Island, NY. His father married again on 23 May 1936 to Eva (Rerbnekar) Sliepka, Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Crane Technical High School. On 15 November 1926 and in 1927, his father resided at 2543 N. Mason Ave., Chicago IL. In 1942 his father resided at 4614 S. Karlov Ave., Chicago, Illinois, with second wife, Eva. In 1942, Milan J. Sliepka named Mary Tomacek (MACR mistakenly says Domasek), 1339 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 22 December 1942, employed by Armour Co. (stockyards), resided at 1339 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL, and described himself as 5’9”, 146 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain the weapons on the B-24 Liberator (armorer) and as a gunner using the .50 caliber machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40783, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow and formed with other B-24s on a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan. Second B-24J lost on same flight: 44-40831, same unit. Formosa Intelligence reported a B-24 shot down in Sea of Takao, by Japanese Submarine Chaser. MP Sgt Masayoshi Kakimoto dispatched to Ryuku Islands (Okinawa, etc.) informed of aviators afloat on sea. Found one and captured him: Capt. George Keats O’Neil. Capt. O’Neil said that Reade, Roney, Mast and Hicks bailed out from forward compartment. Fired on in parachutes and on water. Capt. O’Neil believes all lost. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

ZACHARIAS, RICHARD DANE, Sergeant, # 33429963, USAAF

 

Richard D. Zacharias was born on 17 February 1924 in Arnold, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, to John Zacharias (1903-1990) and Elizabeth Zacharias (1906-1929). His father married Vida Gertrude (Keeler) Zacharias (1903-    ). Siblings were Kenneth Zacharias (1923-    ), Jeanne Carol (Zacharias) Rearick (1926-1989), John Donald Zacharias (1926-2002), and Mary Lou Zacharias (1935-    ). Living with them in 1930, when his father was widowed, were his paternal grandmother, Florence Zacharias (1862-    ) and his paternal grandfather, John H. Zacharias (1852-    ). He was married to Lilliam I. (Boren) Zacharias (1924-2013).