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Thomas M Rybovich

Military

Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Assisted pilot with controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Guy Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. With co-pilots assistance and controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed...

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 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...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38078 Sweet Pea

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/12/43; Savannah 23/12/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG 7/1/44; 14m transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; severe battle damaged Debreczen 21/9/44 with Guy Miller, Co-pilot: Tom Rybovich, Navigator: Theo Davich, Bombardier: Bob Mullen, Flight...

  • 44-6198 'Dollar 98'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/5/44; Hunter 23/6/44; Dow Fd 3/7/44; Assigned 429BS/2BG Amendola 4/7/44; severely damaged over Graz, Austria 1/1/44 with Tom Rybovich, Co-pilot: Pat Farwell, Navigator: Don Maine, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Staup, Radio...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Florida, USA 1919
Lived in West Palm Beach, FL, USA 1941
Enlisted Starke, FL 32091, USA 11 October 1941

Camp Blanding
FL, USA

Based Amendola 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF.

Returned damaged A/C to base Debrecen, Hungary 21 September 1944

On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Assisted pilot with controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2017 16:54:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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