KROLIKOWSKI, ALEXANDER J., Private, # 36291614, U.S. Army


Alexander J. Krolikowski was born on 28 February 1922 in Wisconsin to Walter Benjamin Krolikowski (1896-1969) (Lomza, Poland) and Angline N. (Horzelski) Krolikowski (1897-1969) (WI) (married 1921). Siblings included Benjamin Charles Horzelski Krolikowski (1917-1997) (mother – Antonio (Horzelski) Krolikowski (1897-1918) (Russia – married 1916 in North Dakota) and Walter Krolikowski Jr. (1923-1963). He attended Lincoln High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 22 December 1942. He was trained at the engineering school and assigned to the Headquarters Company, Engineers Division 2, Ledo, India. On 27 October 1944, a C-47B, # 43-48634, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Ledo, India, on a routine flight to Myitkyina, Burma. Private Krolikowski was a passenger. It crashed enroute at map coordinates NR5554. All were killed in the crash. Last contact by radio was with Cpl. Lester J. Phillips, 31120129. A C-64 of the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, was dispatched to the area of the crash. The crashed plane was identified as a C-47 with large yellow tail markings such as the one missing. The “political agent” for the area, Mr. Walker, reported that it will take 3 days to reach the crash after the search party is rganized. 1stLt Rueben C. Zirbel, 0-745775, Operations Officer, is in charge of the search. 1stLt Guy E. Tadlock, Assistant Operations Officer, reported that he was climbing on a course west of Digboi Mountain. He saw a large fire and black smoke. He changed course and identified the fire as a burning aircraft. He sent a message to “Tapleak” at Ledo Air Base and gave the location. He circled until a UC64-A, 43-5321, arrived and located the fire, then proceeded to his destination. His remains, indistinguishable from other crew members (Fetzer, Krolikowski) were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, and buried in a common grave in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky on 19 August 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 115/116).