MARKUS, SYLVESTER, Second Lieutenant, # 0-823416, USAAF


Sylvester Markus was born on 17 August 1922 in Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois, to John Markus (1889-1973) and Laura (Kuk) Markus (1896-1969) (both born in Romania). Siblings included John Markus Jr. (1917-2005), and Florence Joanne Markus (1919-2009).


After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction at various schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 11 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3970, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield in India on a bombing mission of the Hsenwi Road Bridge. It was last seen at about 1440 hours in the vicinity of the target before it crashed, killing all the crewmen. It was last seen by 1stLt Donald F. Karschner, 0-813388. He reported that the last he saw of the missing bomber was at 1440 hours and that bomber was at about his 7 o’clock, 2 miles behind him. He went IFR and climbed to 11,000 feet and cleared the clouds. About 5 minutes later, his tail gunner reported a B-25 about 10 miles back. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A marker was placed in the Saint Michael Cemetery, Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois.