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Walter C Wawrzynek

Military

Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. One of 5 survivors to become Prisoner of War (POW)s, he was imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3 and moved to 49-11 near Nuremburg.

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Service

People

  • James Farrar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. Farrar was one of 5 survivors to became Prisoner of War (POW)s....

  • David Hatch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. One of 5 survivors to become Prisoner of War (POW)s, he was...

  • Clarence King

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. 5 survivors became Prisoner of War (POW)s. ...

  • Thaddeus Kusowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. 5 survivors became Prisoner of War (POW)s. ...

  • Alvar Platt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner; Assistant line chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. One of 5 survivors to become Prisoner of War (POW)s, he was...

  • Robert Rand

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. 5 survivors became Prisoner of War (POW)s. ...

  • Maurice Rosener

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Prisoner of War (POW). . Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. 5 survivors became Prisoner of War (POW)s....

  • Richard Shumard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. 5 survivors became Prisoner of War (POW)s. ...

  • Donald Sternglanz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4124547 'Vertigo. ' In a mission to target uboats, heavy flak and fighters attacked. Plane crashed into Channel about 4 miles off Brest and quickly sank. 5 survivors became Prisoner of War (POW)s.

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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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24547 Vertigo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-P] Bangor 10/9/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; Missing in Action 9+m St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Bob Rand, Navigator: Don Sternglanz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry King, Waist gunner: Thad Kusowski,Tail gunner: Dick Shurnard ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hamtramck, Michigan, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 1 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 21:48:48 RayWells Changes to person associations
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Update to connections

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3573 / MACR 3573, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop & Hey p. 112, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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