On 29 June 1945, the Atchison Daily Globe printed an article, “Julius Yackie Dies In Jap Prison Camp” – Word had been received by his parents that Julius died 28 August 1944 while a POW in the enemy Rangoon Cantonment (formerly a British prison). He was reported missing after the glider he was in detached early from its cable connected to a C-47 and crash landed near the Chindwin River in Burma. After surviving the glider’s hard landing, he and others spent 12 hours clearing a landing field for transport out. He was reported captured later that day. Sgt. William Thomas came by the Yackie home to tell them he was a POW with Julius while in the Rangoon prison. Julius was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
MACR 332 listed the men in the glider:
1stLt Charles Liston, 0-529445, pilot - POW in Rangoon (previous page)
MSgt Fletcher E. Hart, 37001604, co-pilot, Repatriated to U.S.
Cpl Julius F. Yackie, 17072536, passenger - POW in Rangoon
Operation Thursday (see pictures in Liston page) was scheduled to begin 5 March 1944. British, American and local Chindits were to be inserted behind enemy lines along the Chindwin River in Burma. It involved dozens of gliders towed by C-47 transports and C-47 transports with added men, equipment (jeeps, guns, etc.). Several gliders became detached early and crash landed near enemy held areas. For reading, obtain Operation Thursday: birth of the Air Commandos, U.S. Air Force History (Washington, D.C.). At leastfive gliders crash landed near the 15th Division and 31st Regiment, Japanese forces. Julius died from inadequate medical care, malnutrition and physical abuse by the enemy. His remains were recovered from Rangoon cantonment cemetery grave # 204 by the Graves Registration team. The cemetery was located about a mile from the prison.