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Ralph J. Tomek

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 10:44:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 16243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 19:28:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Corrected name per MACR 16243; made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16243, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.54-55

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