Hastings H.S.

MARICH, GEORGE, Private First Class, # 32422511, USAAF


George Marich was born on 8 July 1921 in Kings Co., New York, to Anthony Marich (1896-     ) (born in Austria – immigrated 1901 - naturalized) and Mary Marich (1895-1969) . Siblings included Anna Marich (1920-    ), Lillian Marich (1922-2007), and Eva Marich (1933-    ). He attended Abraham Lincoln High School. His father worked for the N.Y. Public Library.


He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, on 6 August 1942. He was trained in the maintenance, repair and operation of the radio equipment on the C-46 and was its crew chief. He was sent overseas to India. On 26 June 1944, a C-46, # 42-3682, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, advance airfield Station 7, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a mission to Yunnayi, China. All of the crew were found dead in the crashed C-47A on an island in the Brahamaputra River (reported 7 July 1944), in India (flows from Himalayan lake through Assam, India, & Bangladesh, India, to Bay of Bengal) between Sookerating, India, and Shinbwiyang, Burma. A search had been conducted by the Sear & Rescue Squadron at the airfield at Chabua, India. After recovery from airfield cemetery in India, their remains were buried as a group of four caskets in grave sites 58-59-60, Nashville National Cemetery (Sec. MM, Graves 58-59-60), Madison, Tennessee, on 13 August 1949.