KADET, GERALD MORTON, First Lieutenant, # 0-490996, USAAF

 

Gerald M. Kadet was born in 21 July 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, to Jack Jacob Kadet (1888-1974) and Jessie (Rudolph) Kadet (1890-1978) (married 1 September 1912, Chicago, IL). A sister was Loren Jules Kadet (1916-1971). He married Phyllis Perlstein on 13 April 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight schools through advanced school to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 August 1945, a C-46D, # 44-78204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, North Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Yoke Obe on a flight to Chanyi, China. It crashed enroute and the crew were killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, Chicago, Illinois. He is memorialized in the Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, La Porte Co., Indiana.

Rosehill Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery Memorial

HANKISON, GEORGE EDWARD, Sergeant, # 13168055, USAAF

 

George E. Hankison was born on 16 October 1923 in Dormont, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, to Lewis Ellsworth Hankison (1885-1965) (Logan, OH) and Ella E. (Myers) Hankison (1884-1958) (OH) (married 28 June 1909 in Canyon, Idaho). Siblings included Mary Louise Hankison (1913-1993), Robert Lewis Hankison (1915-1998), Paul Myers Hankison (1918-1994), and Charles Henry Hankison (1921-2000).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 1301 Biltmore Ave., Dormont, Pennsylvania, employed by Western Electric Co., and described himself as 6’1”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He had a scar on the little finger of his left hand. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 24 November 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 August 1945, a C-46D, # 44-78204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, North Myitkyina, Burma, departed the airfield at Yoke Obe on a flight to Chanyi, China. It crashed enroute and the crew were killed. After recovery from the Hawaii Mausoleum, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 23 March 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 2143).