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Michael F Chayka


Served as Crew Chief on 'Calaban'. Saved airplanes on ground by putting out fire.


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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24232 'Calaban'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #41-24232 'Calaban' of 67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Malta. Later lost on 11th Dec 43 raid to Emden Industrial area, pilot Lt. Richard F. O’Neill was known for his violent...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Cayuga County, NY 24 October 1917
Enlisted Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY 3 September 1941

Fort Niagara,
Youngstown, NY

Based Shipdham 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Cortland, NY 16 June 2011
Buried Cortland Rural Cemetery, Cortland, NY 22 June 2011

Cortland Rural Cemetery
Cortland County, NY
Sectin D2 Lot 62


Date Contributor Update
11 April 2019 19:54:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / relative