OBERLANDER, GEORGE ROBERT, JR., Sergeant, # 33871527, USAAF
George R. Oberlander Jr. was born on 2 June 1925 in Stoverstown, York Co., Pennsylvania, to George R. Oberlander (1896-1979) and Emma Romaine (Strausbaugh) Oberlander (11899-1969). Siblings included Dean Edward Oberlander (1927-1981) and Lanny Lee Oberlander (1937-2007). He graduated from East Berlin High School. He was married to Lois Jane (Rider) Oberlander (1922-1997) on 21 November 1943 in Guilford, North Carolina, and they had a daughter, Pamela Jane Oberlander (1944-2013).
He registered for the WWII draft on 2 June 1943, resided in East Berlin, PA, a student at East Berlin High School and employed by his father, and described himself as 5’5 ½”, 138 lbs, with black hair and blue eyes. He had a scar on his right-hand palm. He enlisted in the USAAF in Harrisburg, PA, on 27 October 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and repair the weapons (excluding bombs) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50389, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Bantakli, Thailand. It had to fly IFR through monsoon weather conditions. Its last known location was in the vicinity of Akyab, Burma. Last radio contact was with Headquarters, R.A.F. 231st Group (British), Calcutta, India. Search was led by the 222nd Air Sea Rescue Group. It was believed the B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal near Akyab, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Moberly, Missouri. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Dean E. Oberlander, born 28 June 1927, served in the U.S. Navy, # 2488464, from 26 June 1945 to 19 April 1946. He died 30January 1981 in Hanover, York Co., PA.