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Andrew Bezak

Military

He joined the group on 03 Apr 1942. He flew on LT. Maurice Salada crew. He was the 3rd EM to complete tour of 25 missions in May 1943. He left the 306th BG; went on a 30 day furlough and reported to the 447th BG.

Killed in Action (KIA) on 11/25/44 in B-17 'Shack Happy' #4231154

DFC, AM 5OLC,

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron
  • 708th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31154 Shack Happy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Harvard 7/10/43; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 19/10/43; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/43 with Norman Wiggin, Ray Hansen, Phil Harper, Andy Bezak, Ken Reynolds, Marvin Olson, Chester Lambert (7 Killed in Action); Phil...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mingo Junction, Ohio 13 October 1918
Died 25 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2019 16:54:30 JimBezak Changes to events
Sources

Jim Bezak, nephew, from family geneology.

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 15:14:25 Emily Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

"First Over Germany pg 58 & 138, MACR 10755, http://www.wwiimemorial.com/registry/cemetery/search/pframe.asp?HonoreeID=649209&am"

Data update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / First Over Germany pg 58 & 138, MACR 10755

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