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A report of the action by Brigadier General Earl L. Naiden of the American air command in India (10th Air Force), said the four were:
Staff Sergeant Albert L. Malok, engineer and gunner, Hellertown, PA.; Sergeant Harold Cummings, radio operator and gunner, Monroe, LA.; Sergeant Elias E Gonsalves, gunner, Los Angeles, CA.; PFC Smith W. Radcliff, radio operator and gunner, Dexter, Kansas.
The men were among the crew of a Flying Fortress B-17 bomber which last June 4 blasted a freighter despite the opposition of four enemy Zero fighters. Headed back to the base in India, the bomber at one time fought a swarm of 23 Japanese fighters and bagged four or more. One of the crew, PFC Francis J. Teehan, Footeville, Wisconsin, was killed while manning a machine gun turret. Malok and Cummings were wounded.”
The Plain Speaker, Hazleton, PA – 26 Oct. 1942 – “Hellertown Sgt. Gets Silver Star Decoration” Staff Sergeant Albert L. Malok of Hellertown, PA, was one of four fliers awarded the Silver Star for “gallantry of the highest order” the War Department announced. Malok, an engineer and gunner, was a member of a bomber crew which carried out a solo attack in Burma and shot down at least four Japanese fighters before being disabled. Malok was wounded. … The bomber, a Flying Fortress B-17, at one time fought a swarm of 23 Japanese fighters.”
A similar article was published in The Sentinel, Carlisle, PA, 27 Oct. 1942.
A similar article was published in the Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, PA, 27 Oct. 1942.
A similar article was published in The Gettysburg Times, Gettysburg, PA, on 27 Oct. 1942.
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, published an article on 25 July 1942, “Hellertown Lad Not Missing; Held by Japs” – Sgt. Albert Malok Prisoner in Burma: Friends May Write – A prisoner of war, not missing in action, is the good news received by Mr. and Mrs. John Malok, … Hellertown, from the office of the Adjutant General, Washington D.C., concerning their son, Staff Sergeant Albert L. Malok. He is a prisoner of war in the custody of the Japanese in Burma. The War Department letter to the mother, signed by J.A. Ulio, Major General, follows: “Dear Mrs. Malok: Reference is made to my telegram of July 5, which reported your son, Staff Sergeant Albert Malok, as missing in action in the Far East. Information has been received in this office that your son is now a Japanese prisoner of war in Burma. Mail to your son may be sent postage free by addressing your letters to him as follows: Staff Sergeant Albert L. Malok, 6942546, Prisoner of War, Burma, Care of International Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland, via Chicago, IL. Friends of the young soldier are invited to communicate with him. They should follow the above address form as prescribed. Letter from home to the boys at the front are always the most welcome event of the day. Negotiations are being made through the Department of State and the International Red Cross to secure permission for safe conduct of foodstuffs and other articles for prisoners of war; also to have an accredited representative attend to matters relating to them. The Japanese have not granted the desired permission up to this time, but it is hoped that negotiations being made will result favorably.” It later became known that the enemy gave them no letters or packages.
The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 3 Feb. 1944 – The Casulaty List – 5 Soldiers from District Die in Jap Prison Camps – Enemy Delays Report on … Death … The War Department announced the death of Sgt. Albert L. Malok, Hellertown and others.