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Bruno T Daszkiewicz

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Bruno was born in Illinois, the son of Frank and Charlotte Daszkiewicz, on 15 Jun 1927. Being eager to serve, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army Air Force on 19 Jul 1943 in Chicago. He was just 16, but a strapping lad. After training, he was assigned to the 596th Bomb Squadron as an armorer/gunner. He was on board a Martin B-26B Marauder named "Bank Nite Betty" (A/C #42-96144) that was shot down while on a bombing mission to destroy the Eller RR bridge over the Moselle River in Germany. According to MACR 11483, their aircraft impacted the ground northeast of St. Vith, Belgium. All crew members perished.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Charles Estes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in...

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Aircraft

  • 42-96144 'Bank Nite Betty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. 7 x KIA (KIA)....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 15 June 1927

Son of Frank and Charlotte Daszkiewicz.

Lived in Chicago, IL, USA 1941
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 19 July 1943
Based Rivenhall 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 596BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died St Vith, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to the railroad bridge at Eller, Germany on the Mosel River. Hit by direct flak hit, A/C came apart at the turret and crashed NE of St Vith. No chutes observed. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11483.

Buried Lemay, MO 63125, USA 9 September 1950

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay
St Louis
Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2017 11:37:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and media associations
Sources

Crew photo - www.fold3.com
https://www.fold3.com/page/84504036_bruno_t%20daszkiewicz/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/461676294_bank_nite_betty_and_hunconscious_39...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46701641
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=44164590

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2016 00:11:06 millebr Changes to biography
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edited bio spelling/punctuation

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 17:48:30 millebr Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

World War II Army Enlistment Records; U.S. Public Records Index; U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms; Fields of Honor - Database

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