The B-24 was last seen at about 1,500’ with one engine not running about 2 miles West of Moulmein, Burma. The B-24J was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Moulmein, Burma. It was last seen entering a cloud formation with one engine feathered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SOKOLOFF, VICTOR P., Second Lieutenant, # 0-2070163, USAAF

 

Victor P. Sokoloff was born in 21 July 1921 in Russia to Paul P. Sokoloff (1888-    ) (Leningad, Russia – naturalized) and Emilia “Amelia” Sokoloff (1892-    ) (Bobrinoz, Russia). Siblings included Galina Sokoloff (1914-    ) (Russia) (stayed in Russia). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his father. In 1940 he worked as an opera actor. His father worked as aforeman and his mother as a machine operator.

 

He enlisted in New York, New York, on 15 July 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41172, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Madhaiganj, India, and was part of a flight of bombers on a mission over Moulmein, Burma. The B-24 was last seen at about 1,500’ with one engine not running about 2 miles West of Moulmein, Burma. The B-24J was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Moulmein, Burma. It was last seen entering a cloud formation with one engine feathered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

BORDONARO, PHILIP D., Sergeant, # 42021559, USAAF

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed technical training to maintain and repair the mechanical systems and qualified as an engineer on the B-24 Liberator. He was trained to operate the aerical macinegun. He earned his aircrew wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 3 May 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41172, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Madhaiganj, India, and was part of a flight of bombers on a mission over Moulmein, Burma. The B-24 was last seen at about 1,500’ with one engine not running about 2 miles West of Moulmein, Burma. The B-24J was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Moulmein, Burma. It was last seen entering a cloud formation with one engine feathered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

CAIN, HALLIE GEORGE, JR., Sergeant, # 17162197, USAAF

 

Hallie G. Cain, Jr., was born on 12 October 1923 in Mount Cernon, Illinois, to Hallie G. Cain (1901-1964) and Olive Cain (1903-    ) (married in 1919).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1943, resided at 6918 Plateau, St. Louis, Missouri, employed by Mr. Heisner, at International Shoe Co., and described himself as 6’, 145 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Missouri and was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India.