VAN TILBURG, CHARLES EVERETT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-723211, USAAF

 

Charles E. Van Tilburg was born on 21 July 1917 in New Jersey to Van Tilburg ( and Van Tilburg (. There was insufficient data to identify this veteran’s family. Please use the contact page to assist. In 1930 he was living with a paternal uncle, Sylvester Van Tilburg (1844-1934) (OH) and cousins Ray Van Tilburg (1886-1971) and Sarah Van Tilburg (1892-1984) in Knox, Jefferson Co., Ohio. He was married to Bertha Louise (Dew) Van Tilburg on 24 December 1942 in Fort Myers, Lee Co., Florida, although she resided at 604 Vine St., Martins Ferry, Ohio, upon his death.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Wheeling, West Virginia, on 21 April 1942. He completed navigator instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to navigate the B-24 Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India and detached to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 15 July 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 1561).

MAJCHRZAK, EUGENE SYLVESTER “MIKE”, First Lieutenant, # 0-717816, USAAF

 

Eugene S. Majchrzak was born on 12 September 1922 in Michigan to Thomas Joseph Majchrzak (1889-1981) and Elizabeth Cecilia (Ziolkowski) Majchrzak (1894-1991). Siblings were Maria Elizabeth (Majchrzak) Munger (1917-2004), Thomas J. Majchrzak Jr. (1921-2000), Virginia Rose (Majchrzak) Alger (1927-    ). He graduated from Central High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was married to Audrey Ethel Haidys (Johnson) Majchrzak (1920-2008). They had a daughter, Christine Jill Majchrzak (1945-2011).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a radar-bombardier (newest equipment) for the B-24M Liberator. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India and detached to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Troy, Oakland Co., Michigan.

 

His brother, Thomas J. Majchrzak, born 29 May 1921, served in the military. He died 15 December 2000.