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Roy J Sykora

Military

Roy Sykora grew up in Melrose Park and attended the Proviso High School there, playing on the school’s Varsity Letter Hillside football team. After completing his studies, he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps. He was in the Montana State College training detachment at Bozeman, Montana before following pre-flight training at the Santa Ana, California Army Air Base. Then it was gunnery school at Kingsman, Arizona, before he was transferred to the Hondo Army Airfield in Texas where he had a four-month course in advanced aerial navigation. After receiving an Army Air Forces commission as a 2nd Lt, he was sent overseas in the summer of 1944. Roy was assigned to the 486th Bomb Group / 833rd Bomb Squadron in England. A navigator, he was flying his second mission on B-17 “The Last Roundup” # 43-37927 on the 6 December 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany. The B-17 was hit by Flak and crashed near Ijmuiden, The Netherlands. Roy Sykora and the 8 other crew members were killed. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 11048. Roy Sykora is still listed as Missing In Action and has no known grave.

Service

People

  • Bruce Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Bruce Alexander’s father died in 1931 and his mother Edith raised alone his other siblings, brother Paul J. and sister Phyllis. In 1940, Bruce was working as a clerk in a grocery store. He attended Anaheim High School and studied 4 years there. He was...

  • Charles Bryson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Charles Bryson was assigned to the 486th Bomb Group / 833rd Bomb Squadron. He was Co-Pilot on his first mission, on B-17 “The Last Roundup” # 43-37927 on the 6 December 1944 raid to Merseburg, Germany. The B-17 was hit by Flak and crashed near Ijmuiden...

  • Robert Cooke

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Roy Henry

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Walt Hummel

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed t Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Dwight Shurtleff

    Military | Corporal | Right Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Isadore Wolstein

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Chester Zolynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Alexander crew. Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #43-37927. Still listed as Missing In Action (MIA)

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Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37927 The Last Roundup

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6 June 1944; Kearney 16 June 1944; Grenier 30 June 1944; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-G] Sudbury 2 July 1944; 36 missions flown. Missing in Action Merseburg 6 December 1944. Pilot : Bruce C. Alexander; Co-Pilot Charles B. Bryson;...

Missions

  • 741

    6 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Sudbury (Acton)

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Melrose Park, Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) IJmuiden, The Netherlands 6 December 1944

Died in the loss of B-17 # 43-37927

Lived in Melrose Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Memorialized Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 15:44:50 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 11048
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11048 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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