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John Bacsu

Military

Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On mission to Sofia 24-Jan-44, ditched off Civitanova in B-17 42-29645, 15 miles east of Bari RTD. 37 missions. Shot down on mission to Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-29638. Baled out Salzburg, Austria Prisoner Of War (POW). 24-Feb-44. MACR 2618.

Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron
  • 15th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 42-29638

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/1/43; Salina 29/1/43; Morrison 10/3/43; Assigned 49BS/2BG Navarin, Alg 17/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 27/4/43; Ain M'Lila, Alg 17/6/43; Massicault, Tun 31/7/43; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action Steyr 24...

  • 42-29645 'Wiley Witch'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/1/43; Salina 29/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 49BS/2BG Navarin, Alg 17/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 27/4/43; Ain M'Lila, Alg 17/6/43; Massicault, Tun 31/7/43; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action Sofia 24...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fords, Woodbridge Township, NJ, USA 3 January 1919

Son of Julia Bacsu.

Enlisted Fort Dix, NJ, USA 12 February 1942

Fort Dix
New Jersey
USA

Based April 1943 – 24 February 1944

Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Based throughout Algeria and Tunisia.

Ditched 15 miles off Bari, Italy 24 January 1944

Ditched off Civitanova in B-17 42-29645, 15 miles east of Bari RTD.

Shot down Salzburg, Austria 24 February 1944

Shot down on mission to Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-29638. Baled out Salzburg, Austria POW. 24-Feb-44. MACR 2618.

Prisoner Of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner Of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Colts Neck, NJ, USA 13 January 2007
Buried February 2007

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 18:08:40 Al_Skiff Changes to place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28614063
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34270899
https://www.fold3.com/page/86101134_john_bacsu/details/

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 17:54:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/page/86101134_john_bacsu/details/

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