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Bronko Smilanich

Military

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • George Thom

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, remained with A/C as crew baled out, following them at extreme low level. Seemingly he...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    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

Aircraft

  • 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44; Shot down by fighters, crew baled out at low level. 10 x POW. MACR 3849 ...

Missions

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Louis County, MN 21 July 1921

Son of Louis and Kate [Rapaich] Smilanich.

Lived in East Habbing, MN 1942
Based Shipdham 1944 – 8 April 1944

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

Baled out POW Hanover, Germany 8 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out. POW. MACR 3849

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 8 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Discharged USAAF 2 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Sauk Rapids, MN 20 April 2001
Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN 23 April 2001

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis,
Hennepin County, MN
Section 6-D Site 540

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 14:29:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29627742
https://www.fold3.com/record/63136210-bronko-smilanich
https://www.fold3.com/record/619282568-bronko-smilanich-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/66829664/bronko-smilanich

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3849 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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