TOCKSTEIN, JOSEPH ALBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-782657, USAAF

 

Joseph A. Tockstein was born on 4 October 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Joseph Bartram Tockstein (1884-1963) and Christine (Wokurka) Tockstein (1890-1945). A sister was Christine M. Tockstein (1909-    ). He was married to Gladys F. (Sherman) Viles nee Tockstein (1916-1982). Living with them in 1940 was his maternal grandfather, William Wenzel Wokurka (1861-1943) (Bohemia aka Austria– naturalized) (widowed – Anna Wokurka (1867-1937).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided at 3904 Eiler, St. Louis, Missouri, employed by the Ben A. Langan Moving Co., and described himself as 5’11”, 175 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He had a birthmark on his right leg. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 July 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41222, “Lovable Lorena,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, and, on departure, the B-24 crashed. All were killed in the crash except PFC Taylor, who died of wounds on 2 August 1945. After recovery from the American military ceremony at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the New Saint Marcus Cemetery & Mausoleum, Affton, St. Louis Co., Missouri.

Joseph A. and Gladys F. Tockstein

Gladys F. (Sherman) Tockstein

BARHAM, ROBERT MAE, Flight Officer, # T-7018, USAAF

 

Robert M. Barham was born on 27 April 1921 in Mississippi to Jim Barnham (1828-1953) and Anna Barham (1891-1989). Siblings included Jannie L. Barham (1919-    ) and Annie Nell Barham (1923-1995).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, on 1 September 1942. He was appointed a Flight Officer and trained to navigate the B-24 Liberator. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 July 1945, a B-24J, # 44-41222, “Lovable Lorena,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 492nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, and, on departure, the B-24 crashed. All were killed in the crash except PFC Taylor, who died of wounds on 2 August 1945. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 10 January 1949 (Sec. A, Grave 119). A memorial marker was placed in the Longtown Cemetery, Kongtown, Panola Co., Mississippi.