YABLONSKY, ABRAHAM, Sergeant, # 35916230, USAAF

 

Abraham Yablonksky was born in 1918 in Ohio to Meyer Yablonsky (1875-1940) (Russia) and Ida (Gillis) Yablonsky (1884-1952) (Russia – naturalized 1943). Siblings were Ruth (Yablonsky) Lavine (1913-    ) (OH), Esther (Yablonsky) Meister nee Amendola (1915-1994) (OH), Pauline Yablonsky (1922-    ) (OH)  He graduated from Glennville High School.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 29 January 1946 a C-46D Commando, # 44-78226, assigned to the China theater of war, 513th Troop Carrier Group, 330th Troop Carrier Squadron, Shanghai, China, departed the airfield at Tsinan, China, on a passenger and cargo flight to Shanghai. The C-46 made it to Shanghai but because of ground fog, could not land. The pilot was instructed to fly 5 minutes north of the airfield beacon and have all crew and passengers bail out. This was done at 5,000’ altitude but they landed in the Yangtze River and were lost. The C-46 crashed on land 15 miles northwest and was searched. On 4 March 1946 the remains of Campbell and Naberzy were recovered from Yangtze River and buried in an American military cemetery Shanghai, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

CAMPBELL, JESSEY FELIX, Sergeant, # 18183094, USAAF

 

Jessey F. Campbell was born on 20 March 1924 in Roby, Texas to Charles Maddox Campbell (1896-1944) (MS) and Mabel Inez (Headstream) Campbell (1898-1964) (AR). Siblings were Willie Estelle (Campbell) Stevenson (1918-1991) (MS), Charles M. Campbell Jr. (1919-1964) (MS), Russell Dean Campbell (1922-1980) (TX), Thomas Wendell Campbell (1926-2007) (TX), Irvis Ray Campbell (1928-1999) (TX), Bobby Joe Campbell (1931-1975), and Nona Faye (Campbell) Brunson (1934-    ). Living with them in 1930 was a paternal uncle, Wilbur Kimball Campbell (1910-1978) (MS).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the U.S. Government, resided at 1108 W. 6th St., Big Spring, Texas, and described himself as 6’, 155 lbs, with brown hair and balue eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his nose. He enlisted in the USAAF on 27 November 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 29 January 1946 a C-46D Commando, # 44-78226, assigned to the China theater of war, 513th Troop Carrier Group, 330th Troop Carrier Squadron, Shanghai, China, departed the airfield at Tsinan, China, on a passenger and cargo flight to Shanghai. The C-46 made it to Shanghai but because of ground fog, could not land. The pilot was instructed to fly 5 minutes north of the airfield beacon and have all crew and passengers bail out. This was done at 5,000’ altitude but they landed in the Yangtze River and were lost. The C-46 crashed on land 15 miles northwest and was searched. On 4 March 1946 the remains of Campbell and Naberzy were recovered from Yangtze River and buried in an American military cemetery Shanghai, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.