DEANGELIS, HENRY ANTHONY, Staff Sergeant, # 31334405, USAAF

 

Henry A. DeAngelis was born 20 August 1924 in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Eliseo DeAngelis (1894-    ) and Josephine (Amicone) DeAngelis (1898-    ). Siblings were Marguerite Rose (DeAngelis) Singleton (1917-2005) and Evelyn Margaret (DeAngelis) Sweeney (1920-2006).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 11 December 1942, employed by the Waterbury Tool Co., resided at 194 Rumford St., Waterbury, New Haven Co., CT, and described himself as 5’2”, 114 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. After he enlisted in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer) and to shoot the .50 caliber machine gun on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 February 1945 a B-24L, # 44-41448, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Luliang, China, departed on a night mission to bomb shipping in the Tonkin Gulf, French Indochina. Last radio contact was at 2320 Zulu, that the B-24L was heading for coordinates 21° 10’ North and 107° 30’ East and intended to bail out there. Last position was off Tien-Yen, French Indochina, near Ka-Bao Island. The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast. Bad fuel lead # 3 tank. Engine # 3 on fire. 9,000’ altitude; 2305 – heading for 21° 45’ N & 108° 00’ E, intending to bail out there; 2310 – trying to make it to “Darkhorse;” 2320 – heading for 21° 10’ N & 107° 30’ E, intending to bail out there. 1stLt William H. Stafford, navigator, was the sole survivor and returned to duty 5 March 1945. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

SKURKA, JOHNNIE WILLIAM, Staff Sergeant, # 38232022, USAAF

 

Johnnie W.  Skurka was born on 24 October 1921 in Jarrell, Williamson Co., Texas, to John Paul Skurka (1895-1980) and Millie Lydia (Roznovak) Skurka (1900-1953) (married 15 June 1918, TX). Siblings were John Paul Skurka Jr. (1924-1947), Elizabeth Shurka (1920-    ) Mary Ann Skurka (1933-    ). Some of this information could not be corroborated.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided in Jarrell, Williamson Co., TX, and described himself as 5’7 ½”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Abilene, Texas, on 9 November 1942. After he enlisted in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons (armorer) and to shoot the .50 caliber machine gun on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 February 1945 a B-24L, # 44-41448, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Luliang, China, departed on a night mission to bomb shipping in the Tonkin Gulf, French Indochina. Last radio contact was at 2320 Zulu, that the B-24L was heading for coordinates 21° 10’ North and 107° 30’ East and intended to bail out there. Last position was off Tien-Yen, French Indochina, near Ka-Bao Island. The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast. Bad fuel lead # 3 tank. Engine # 3 on fire. 9,000’ altitude; 2305 – heading for 21° 45’ N & 108° 00’ E, intending to bail out there; 2310 – trying to make it to “Darkhorse;” 2320 – heading for 21° 10’ N & 107° 30’ E, intending to bail out there. 1stLt William H. Stafford, navigator, was the sole survivor and returned to duty 5 March 1945. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Robstown Cemetery, Robstown, Nueces Co., Texas.