John R. Matuszak

NAME
John Robert Matuszak
NICKNAME
MCSN
380541
HOME OF RECORD
4906 North Marmora Avenue, Chicago, IL
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Salomea Matuszak
DATE OF BIRTH
February 3, 1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
March 2, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
November 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
December 11, 1943
UNIT
VMJ-253
DUTY
Radioman
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On the afternoon of 13 November 1942, a fierce tropical storm blew in over Guadalcanal, complete with heavy winds and “blinding rain.” An R4D-1 transport plane at the end of a long flight from Espiritu Santo, had no choice but to attempt a landing at Henderson Field. The pilots were unable to orient themselves to the airstrip on their first pass and pulled the aircraft around to try again.

Observers on the ground saw the big plane make “a very sharp bank over the bay, and evidently an air current or down-draft caught the plane and turned it over on its back.” The R4D-1 (BuNo. S-4696) hit the water and exploded on contact. No rescue efforts could be made.

PFC John R. Matuszak, the radio operator, was among the aviators missing after the accident. He was declared dead on 11 December 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Air Medal, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed lost in airplane crash at sea.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

The Chicago Tribune, 25 June 1943. These may have been the actions that won PFC Matuszak the Air Medal.

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