|A C-47 operating out of Port Morseby where Sgt. Slocki took off on his last flight.|
Theodore Slocki could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 5, 1917 in West Virginia. His parents were both born in Poland and immigrated in 1907. His father was a shipping clerk in the lead works industry. Theodore had an older brother and a younger brother. By 1940 Theodore was still living with his parents and brothers. He had completed four years of high school and was working as a painter.
He was a prewar enlistee, joining the army air corp on August 27, 1941. He became a sergeant in the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group.
Sgt. Slocki was killed on August 15, 1943. He was the flight engineer on a C-47 that took off from Port Morseby with supplies and personnel for delivery to Tsili Tsili. His plane was shot down by a Japanese Ki-43 Oscar about eight miles away from Tsili Tsili in the dense New Guinea jungle.
The crash site remained lost until 1950 when his remains were discovered and returned to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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