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Alex J Dominski

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Crash-landed 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30733. Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Alex Dominski got out of the crash-landed plane and was hidden by French citizens in the area of Chef-Boutonne. He was joined later by 3 other evaders of his crew - Radio Operator Richard Frievalt, Waist Gunner Hugh Halsell and Tail Gunner Michael Cahill in Endourchapt, near Saint-Laurent-de-Céris. All four were taken in charge by French members of the local Bir-Hacheim Maquis who led them to an isolated barn at a place called "Lafort", near the village of Négret, about 4km Southwest of Saint-Laurent-de-Céris. They and almost 40 Frenchmen (members of the underground, others avoiding forced labor, etc.,) stayed hidden there for a few days. On 22 March 1944, German troops who were looking for Maquisards surrounded the area and, with the help of French policemen, attacked the barn. All the men ran to the nearby woods and one young Frenchmen and Alex Dominski were shot from behind as they were fleeing. All the others, including Frievalt, Halsell and Cahill were arrested. In MACR 1958, Richard Frievalt states he had seen Dominski's body afterwards and noticed that Alex had been hit in the leg, hip and behind the ear, evidently shot that last time as he lay wounded on the ground. The bodies were taken to Poitiers and buried in the Pierre Levée cemetery there. The three American airmen were sent to camps in Germany and survived the war. The 34 Frenchmen were sent to the Briard prison in Poitiers where the Germans executed them there on 8 May 1944. Alex Dominski's name is carved on the monument in Endourchapt to all those who were murdered by the Germans, the 2 on 22 March 1944, and the 34 others who had been arrested that day and were shot in the Briard prison in Poitiers on 8 May 1944 (see http://resistancefrancaise.blogspot.com/2014/04/22-mars-1944-les-monumen...) After the war, Alex Dominski's remains were brought to the Rhône American Cemetery.

Service

People

  • Miland Bills

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lloyd Busboom

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Evaded.

  • Michael Cahill

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 42-30733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Frievalt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Grumbles

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hugh Halsell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 42-30733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert McGee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Muntzinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Neu

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4230733. Evaded. Neu and copilot L. C. Busboom were found by French Underground several days later taken to southern France, hid in an old stone stable in the mountains until May 1944, then taken across the mountains...

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30733

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Gore 8/8/43; Dyersburg 10/8/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 16/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Jim Grumbles, Bombardier: Bob McGee, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Muntzinger, Radio Operator:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1913

Three Lakes, Wisconsin

Lived in 1940

Three Lakes, Oneida County, Wisconsin

Enlisted 27 September 1940

Wausau, Wisconsin

left the crashed B-17 31 December 1943

at La Bataille, 3km Southwest of Chef-Boutonne in the Deux-Sèvres Department, France, together with the other crew members

evaded capture 31 December 1943 – 22 March 1944

with the help of French citizens and members of the Maquis of Endourchapt, France

Buried March 1944

in the Pierre Levée cemetery in Poitiers

murdered by German soldiers 22 March 1944

trying to escape from the barn near Négret where he and others were hiding

Buried Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial

Alex Dominski rests at Plot C, Row 12, Grave 6.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2018 13:52:50 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1958
NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website
http://resistancefrancaise.blogspot.com/2014/12/quatre-avaiteurs-america...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1958 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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