World War II: Edward J. Makowski, U.S. Army Air Corps, 14th Air Force, 450th Bomb Group, 723rd Squadron, Serial No. 0-751919

Edward J. Makowski was a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps when he lost his life in a runway accident. .  Credits: William Duffy

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.


Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.

Find out more about William Duffy:    One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead

The series runs daily through Memorial Day, 2017.  Click for an index of stories. 


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