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Leo S Borkowski

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 .

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

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  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 ...

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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

  • 42-29772

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 2/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 1/9/44; Williams 20/3/45; La Junta 29/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-29891 'Dangerous Dan'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-N] Kimbolton 22/4/43; returned Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight...

  • 42-29897

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-B] Alconbury 26/5/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-A] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Returned to the USA 30/4/44; Hendricks 29/7/44; Maxwell 9/10/44; Hendricks 31...

  • 42-31028 'Mojo'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio...

  • 42-3325

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Y] Kimbolton 1/6/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex...

  • 42-5379

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 26/11/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 4/2/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-D] Bassingbourn 15/3/43; {21+m inc some with 381BG}; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-W] Kimbolton 19/8/43; AFSC 8/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 14/9/44; 4136 BU Tinker 6...

  • 42-5830 'Hag of Hardwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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 Floral Park, New York, USA 1920

Son of Stanley and Carrie Borkowski.

Enlisted Fort Jay, Governors Island, NY 15 September 1942

Fort Jay,
Governors Island, New York

Based Kimbolton August 1943 – 22 February 1944

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

Died Munster, Germany 22 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872 .

Buried Senden, Germany 23 February 1944

Interred
Senden Cemetery.

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neupre, Belgium
Plot D Row 20 Grave 20

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 16:16:51 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/604500210
https://www.fold3.com/record/86326351-leo-s-borkowski
https://www.fold3.com/record/529854713-leo-s-borkowski
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770636?rec=299524889
http://abmc.gov/node/544094
https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=90055
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=4717
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56357207/leo-s-borkowski

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2872 / MACR 2872, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; 379th Bombardment Anthology, pg 343 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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