ZALUSKY, LEROY JEROME, Flight Officer (appointed First Lieutenant), # T-123509, USAAF
LeRoy J. Zalusky was born on 17 December 1922 in Hennepin Co., Minnesota, to Frank Anthony Zalusky (1883-1965) and Ellen Ruth (LaMaitre – “LaMatterey”) Zalusky (1983-1989). Siblings were Robert Francis Zalusky (1921-2011), Francis Daniel Zalusky (1924- ), Barbara Ellen (Zalusky) Hague (1929- ). He was a student at the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student, resided at 3414 Saint Paul Ave., Minneapolis, MN, and described himself as 6’3 ¼”, 168 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He noted a vee shaped scar on the outside of his index finger on his left hand. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 17 September 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40787, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow with another B-24 on a combat sweep. Last contact by radio was at 0135 Zulu, 125 miles east of Hong Kong. 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.
His brother, Robert F. Zalusky, born 1 April 1921, entered the USAAF on 28 March 1942. His wife was in China on his death. He died 9 July 2011.
His brother, Francis D. Zalusky, born 22 November 1924, enlisted 19 February 1943 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.