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Pyka, James Matthew

Name and Rank, Flight Officer James Matthew Pyka.

Unit/Placed in, 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.


James was born approx. on Jan. 28, 1922 in Gillespie County, Texas.

Father, Valentine B. Pyka.

Mother, Theresa (Knopp) Pyka.

Sister, Bernice T. Pyka.

Brother, Robert V. Pyka.


James entered  the service from Texas  with service number # 38250031.


James M. Pyka was a Co Pilot in the 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.


James crewmembers and their position onboard the B-25 were,


Major           Robert C. Kunz                 Pilot

F/O              James M. Pyka                 Co Pilot

1st Lt.          Stanley Z. A                     Navigator

S/Sgt.           Billy S. Isham                    Engineer/Gunner

S/Sgt.           Alvin Scheafer                  Radio Operator/Gunner


James was Killed in Action due to rough weather and poor visibility the plane crashed in sea, on June 19, 1945, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


James is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Tablets of the Missing.


He also has a Memorial Grave at Saint Mary Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, USA.


Thanks to http://www.cbi-history.com/part_vi_2nd_weather_recon_sq.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank destroyers,  bensavelkoul.nl

Second Weather Reconnansace Squadron
James Mattew Pyka
His Rank Flight Officer