Staff Sgt. Raymond E. Zapalac, ASN 18158416

Tail Gunner - Boesker Crew

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron

Air Medal / Distinguished Flying Cross w/OLC

KIA 27-June-44

(Images/Info Courtesy of Patti Zapalac)

SSgt. Ray E. Zapalac

Mother, Mrs. Agnes Zapalac displaying medals

SSgt. Zapalac was a gunner on B-24J #42-73189 (Squadron #80), assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were flying a cargo of gasoline from Kurmitola India to Kunming China when they had an engine failure and fuel leaking inside the airplane. The pilot ordered the crew to bail out. Three men made it to the ground safely, Zapalac and two others (Pilot Milford E. Boesker & Radio Operator John A. Kilpatrick) were killed.

Missing Air Crews Report: (Click on images to enlarge.)


Statement of surviving crew member    Map of crash site


Statement of search:

SSgt. Zapalac's Memorial

492nd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel