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Frank J Calicura

Military

Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group.

From Martinez News-Gazette article:
"Twenty-three years old and the father of two, Calicura was one of 17 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Calicura who lived on Mellus Street. After graduating from Alhambra High School in 1938, he became a butcher, working for his brother, Sam."

"When the war came, Calicura took flying lessons at the little Martinez air strip that paralleled the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks on the waterfront and became a member of the Civil Air Patrol entering Army Air Force flight training in February, 1943. His brother Dominic entered flight training at the same time ending up as a training pilot for fighter aircraft."

"Calicura would have preferred lighter aircraft but was instead assigned to “heavies”, the huge four-engine planes being used in the European Theater."

He flew the B-17 'Spirit of Martinez' into the ETO, completed his 30 missions and flew the aircraft back again.

From Martinez News-Gazette article again:
"He resumed his career as a butcher later opening a shop on Main Street with his brother Billy."

"Frank Calicura died of a heart attack at his Martinez home in 1961 at the age of 41."

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 43-38942 'Belligerent Beauty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 20/10/44; Dow Fd 28/10/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 1/11/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-Y] Horham 2/11/44; with N.W. Richardson force landed A-7 Laon AF, Fr 5/1/45; 51m, Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; 4168 Base Unit...

  • 44-6838 "Spirit of Martinez" aka "Cal's Rascals"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 27/11/44; Grenier 16/12/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 1/1/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with D.V. Tregoning, force landed B-53, Merville, Bel. then rep; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45;...

  • 44-8269 'The Red Fox'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 28/7/44; Cheyenne 3/8/44; Grenier 8/9/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-K] Horham 10/9/44; 335BS [OG-K]; 73m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 24/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 2...

Missions

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 832

    15 February 1945

  • 835

    19 February 1945
    1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails ...

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 845

    24 February 1945

  • 847

    25 February 1945
    "The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil...

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

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Events

Event Location Date
Born
Graduated from Alhambra High School, 150 E Street, Martinez, CA 94553, USA 1938
Pre-flight School (Pilot) Montgomery, AL, USA 1943

Maxwell Airfield

First Solo Flight Test Completed Ocala, FL, USA 1943

Canal Field, Ocala, FL

Bambridge AAB Basic Pilot Training Bainbridge, GA, USA October 1943 – December 1943

2 months

Primary Basic Flight Training Horham 3 November 1943 – 3 December 1943

USAAF Southeast Training Center. Taylor Airfield (Ocala Airport)

Turner Field Pilot Training (Advanced Twin Engine) February 1944 – 15 April 1944

Passed instrument Flight Test on 15, April 1944.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2018 04:38:04 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to events
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21 September 2018 04:22:03 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to events
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18 September 2018 02:08:27 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

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18 September 2018 00:05:41 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

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17 September 2018 20:09:50 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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17 September 2018 19:58:24 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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17 September 2018 19:47:59 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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15 September 2018 04:37:49 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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15 September 2018 04:36:08 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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15 September 2018 04:10:59 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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14 September 2018 08:00:12 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

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14 September 2018 07:28:51 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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95th bg heritage association

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14 September 2018 07:26:04 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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95thbg.org

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14 September 2018 05:38:41 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

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13 September 2018 05:08:13 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to aircraft associations
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13 September 2018 05:01:48 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations
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13 September 2018 04:58:43 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 06:05:03 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to awards
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owner

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12 September 2018 06:03:46 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to awards
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12 September 2018 06:00:11 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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12 September 2018 05:46:47 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to highest rank and role
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01 June 2015 11:29:46 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
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Martinez News-Gazette article: http://martinezgazette.com/archives/21825

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:02 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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