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Adolph Komer

Military

Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #4252570 'Sack Happy. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

People

  • Thomas Dykla

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #4252570 'Sack Happy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Floyd Elliott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 31 missions

  • Major Mears

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #4252570 'Sack Happy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Christian Roediger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #4252570 'Sack Happy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Whitesell

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #4252570 'Sack Happy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lambert Zaetsch

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #42-52570 'Sack Happy'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW/Purple Heart

  • Charles Zavorka

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-24 #42-52570 'Sack Happy', Prisoner of War (POW). He was flying with Crew #613 when shot down. This was likely his first mission and was flying with Komer's Crew as a familiarization to combat procedures before taking his own...

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA 20 April 1921
Lived in Detroit, MI, USA 1942

403 Buena Vista

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 May 1944
Lived in Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA 1993
Buried Birmingham, MI, USA 28 February 1993

Clover Hill Park Cemetery
Birmingham, Oakland County, Michigan, USA 
Plot
Section 4 Lot CG Space 10

Died Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA 25 February 2001

ADOLPH KOMER, 79, of Bloomfield Hills, died Feb. 25, 2001. A builder and developer, he was the owner of Komer Companies.
Twenty-four years ago, he became a bar mitzvah with his son at Yeshiva Beth Yehudah.
Mr. Komer helped initiate the city of Detroit tax abatements to bring development to downtown Detroit, developed and built Franklin Park Towers in Southfield -- 1172 units -- which was the largest single phase HUD complex in the U.S.
He was a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II, a national gunnery champion, an advanced flight instructor, a POW with two Purple Hearts and a B-24 squadron commander.
He built many thousands of homes in metro Detroit and, in 1953, he built the first shopping center -- Eastgate Shopping Center -- with the largest store on one floor in the U.S., Federals. He was a leader in developing senior citizen high-rises, River Tower Apartments on the riverfront and was a partner with Max Fisher, Al Taubman and Henry Ford in the development of riverfront apartments next to Cobo Hall.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 19:55:17 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146009817/adolph-komer
https://www.ancestry.com/search/?name=Adolph_Komer&event=_Detroit-MI&bir...

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2015 03:35:55 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, awards, events and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5226 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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