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Joseph Lawrence Korstjens

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, National Defense, Korean and UN Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Post war: Crew member B-29, shot down by MIG's bombing railroad bridge at Kwaksan. Missing in Action (MIA).

Service

People

  • Roy Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Berj Bejian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Byron Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, 2 Unit Citations.

  • Elijah Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on AC # 42-32024 'Swamp Fire' On 28 May 1944 flew 'Grapefruit Mission''Today was the day that the 379th was chosen as one of the three groups to try a new secret weapon. The much talked about glider bombs. They were released on the city of Cologne...

  • Edward Przybyla

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions on B-17 number 42-32024 'Swamp Fire' which became the first B-17 in 379th BG to fly 100 missions. Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal

  • John Rose

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Matthew Scianameo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Stroman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Enlisted Reserve Corps 7 Sept. 42, active duty 21 Sept. 42; Attended AAFTS, Amarillo TX, 1943, AAFTD Boeing Acft Co. & Flex Gunnery School in Kingman, AZ, 1943; 32 missions over Europe from 18 Mar 44 - 20 June 44; went from Cpl to Sergeant. , made S...

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-32024 Swamp Fire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG. She was chosen to participate in the 28 May 1944 top secret "Grapefruit" mission to drop Americans first Glide bomb 20+ miles from the primary target of...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Groom, TX 12 June 1920

Son of George and Anna [Jacob] Korstjens.

Enlisted Dallas, TX 17 December 1941

Dallas, Texas

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Kwaksan, Nth Korea 1 June 1951

Crew member of a B-29 Superfortress with 343BS, 98BW, while bombing a railroad bridge at Kwaksan, his aircraft was attacked by MiG's setting its wing on fire. Some crewmen were able to parachute into enemy lines. Missing in Action (MIA). Presumed dead 31-Jan-54.

Buried Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Honolulu County, HI 1955

Courts of the Missing
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii

Buried National Korean War Veterans Memorial Washington, DC 1955

Memorialised
National Korean War Veterans Memorial
Washington, DC

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