A runway incident claimed the life of Edward J. Makowski, a bombardier who was killed in action while serving aboard a B-24 Liberator in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 14th Air Force, 450th Bomb Group, 723rd Squadron, Serial No. 0-751919.
Makowski and a crew of a nine others were taxiing down a runway when the plane suddenly braked to avoid takeoff. It came to a halt past the end of the runway, where it exploded and burst into flames with a full supply of fuel and bombs. All ten crew members were lost.
Makowski, who was 25 years old when he died, lived on Lake Avenue prior to his entry into Army Air Corps.
Makowski is one of two Clark Fallen Heroes for whom a street in the township has yet to be named. By ordinance, the Township of Clark names its new streets after the Fallen Heroes.