George J. Ocavage
August 24th 2017 is the 74rd anniversary of the passing of World War II airman and Mount Ephraim resident, Staff Sergeant George J. Ocavage.
|836 Lambert Avenue, Mt. Ephraim|
|14th Air Force Logo|
The flight and ground crews prepared for the mission, loading up on ammunition, ordinance and supplies. By morning the Liberators set off for Hankow with their bellies loaded full with fragmentation bombs. This was the 15th mission for the 425th Bombardment Squadron. For some of the crews involved, especially Lt. Robinson’s men, this was to be their very first official combat mission.
|Bomber formation for Aug 24 1943|
|Artist rendering of Hankow Raid. Yankee|
Jayhawk is situated below Sherazade.
|Crew of Yankee Jayhawk|
(minus Oneal Linford)
In the April 1949, George's remains were returned to the mainland United States and he was buried on Monday May 9, 1949 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, PA. He was survived by his mother Margaret, sisters Mary Ibbettson, Helen Howell, Margaret Stankus, Agnes Stankus, Marcella Ocavage, Frances Ocavage, Anna Norton, and brother Anthony.
|Monument to Aviation Martyrs|
You can find George J. Ocavage’s name inscribed on the monument at Veterans Triangle in Mount Ephraim, as well as the Monument to Aviation Martyrs in War of Resistance Against Japan, located in Kunming, China.
May their sacrifice never be forgotten.