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Anthony J Lacek


Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24472 was assigned 369BS/306BG Westover 19-August-1942; Thurleigh 2-October-1942. The aircraft was shot down 8-Nov-42 by enemy fighters and AA fire while on a mission to bomb the Actlier d' Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. The...


  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Lille, France 8 November 1942

Killed either by AA fire, Fighter attack or when the aircraft crashed.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, 6269 NA Migraten, The Netherlands 1945

Netherlands American Cemetery, Plot C, Row 12, Grave 31.


Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 23:15:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014. Added KIA event per MACR 16133.

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 23:13:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 22-nov-2014. Made aircraft connection and KIA event per MACR 16133.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 22:47:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to role and biography

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Edit to job.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 22:45:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44 , MACR 16133