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Joseph Kotys

Military

Joseph Kotys served as a tail gunner with the 546th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group.28 x combat missions. After the war, he was a successful gymnast for Kent State University. Olympic games 1948. Won 1949 & 1950 NCAA all-around titles & four apparatus titles. 1955 Pan American Games on vault. Inducted into Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. 1976 USA Gymnast Hall of Fame 1978.

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Willard Ehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsey crew. 19 x combat missions. Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 Left formation at target on fire after aircraft received direct flak burst, setting #4 on fire and #2...

  • John Hartman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsay crew. 27 combat missions. ETD ...

  • Ray Lacey

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611 - Aerial Gunner Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsay crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Roy Marberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead Squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Jacklin Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • John Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1034 - Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash Landing Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14, UK 1 January 1945 ...

  • Walter Ramsay

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1091 - Pilot, B-17 | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Harry Wahlstrom

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1091 - Pilot, B-17 Co-Pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron
  • 863rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-38014 LITTLE AMERICA II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 14/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Isle, Maine 9/12/43; Assigned to the 546th BS/384th BG [BK-G] at Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 6/1/44; (19/9/44 - struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target left...

  • 43-38548

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 12/9/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 18/9/44; transferred to the 546th Bombardment Squadron, 384 Bombardment Group, squadron code BK-M, Grafton Underwood, Station 106 on 27 September 1944; transferred...

  • 43-39197

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 31/12/44; Grenier 25/1/45; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 20/2/45; battle damaged Pilsen 25/4/45 with ?; transferred with group to Istres, Fr for mapping duties; crash landed 66 miles ESE Rome, It with Morton Hunt 11/11...

Missions

  • 774

    1 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Olyphant, PA 31 October 1925

Son of Nellie Kotys.

Enlisted Cleveland, OH, USA 6 March 1944

Residence: Undefined Code
Private, No Branch Assignment

Enlisted Cleveland, OH 6 March 1944

Cleveland, Ohio

Assigned Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 16 December 1944 – June 1945

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 546th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #247 dated 16 December 1944, W Ramsay Crew. 28 combat missions.

Crash Landing Detling, Maidstone ME14, UK 1 January 1945

1/1/45 B-17 42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying the aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. with Pilot - Walter E. Ramsay, Copilot - Harry L. Wahlstrom.
Accident Report #45-01-01-521

Reported to the 493rd Bomb Group from the 384th Bomb Group 29 June 1945

The 493rd BG already had its orders to relocate to the States and airmen from the 384th Bomb Group were assigned to the 493rd BG to be transported back to the States.

Returned ZI New York, NY, USA 31 August 1945

Arrived back in the States on the Queen Elizabeth

Died Lady Lake, FL, USA 21 August 2012
Buried Florida National Cemetery , Bushnell, Sumter County, FL 24 August 2012

Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell
Sumter County
Florida, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 08:21:34 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/680403335
https://www.fold3.com/record/89345311-joseph-kotys
https://www.fold3.com/record/716412871-kotys-joseph
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7956
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96532689/joseph-kotys

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 20:56:06 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/680403335
https://www.fold3.com/record/89345311-joseph-kotys
https://www.fold3.com/record/716412871-kotys-joseph
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7956
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96532689/joseph-kotys

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 14:31:18 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

Details of 493rd Bomb Group records shared by David Schmitt, 493rd BG archival researcher in the States, and by Darren Jelley
493rd BG Museum archives UK: http://www.493bgdebach.co.uk

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2017 14:30:32 Lucy May Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 20:58:31 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7956

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=kotys&GSfn=joseph...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45-01-01-521 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=k...

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