BIRKENFELD, JEROME HAROLD, Technical Sergeant, # 13086822, USAAF
Jerome H. Birkenfeld was born on 4 July 1922 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, to Max Joseph Birkenfeld (1893-1948) (Hungary) and Sara A. (Pitler) Birkenfeld (1893-1979). Siblings were Rhea Lillian (Birkenfeld) Roth (1921-2014) and Betty B. (Birkenfeld) Banin (1925-2009). His parents recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman.
He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 6409 Forward Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, and described himself as 5’8”, 158 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 8 July 1941 and entered active duty on 20 June 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 28 September 1945 a C-47B, “Able Baker,” # 43-16350, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Hsian, China on a flight to Liangshan, China. At about 1428 hours it was between Peishivi and Liangshan, China and crashed enroute. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Beth Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
His father, born 20 April 1893. Served in the U.S. Army during WWI, Sergeant, # 1964841, Provisional Infantry Battalion, Co. L, from 5 September 1917 to 9 January 1919. He died 22 October 1948 and is buried in the Beth Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.