Adolph Bernard Chilek

Military

Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37902 'Sure Thing' while manning the ball turret. He would become a POW, but survive the war and return safely back to Texas.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-694638
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37544827
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741509
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37418829
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-804659
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell's Bells/Sure Stuff
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Wharton, Texas, USA 1922-01-08

Enlisted

Houston, Texas, USA 1942-10-08

Based

Framlingham Assigned to the 568BS, 390BG, 8AF.

Other

Shot down

Barnewitz, Germany 1944-04-18 Shot down over a mission to Oranienburg, Germany, while on B-17 42-37902, while serving as the ball turret gunner on the aircraft. Would later become a POW.

Other

Prisoner of War

Stalag XVII-B, Austria 1944-04-18 After being taken prisoner, Chilek would spend the remainder of the war at Stalag XVII-B.

Other

Discharged

1945-10-09

Died

Houston, Texas, USA 2007-04-15

Buried

Evergreen Memorial Park, Wharton, Texas, USA 2007-04-15

Revisions

Date23 Nov 2021 00:31:34
ContributorCastleBren
Sources

Edited "Events" to remove excess empty boxes.

Date18 Nov 2021 00:49:58
ContributorCastleBren
Sources

390th Bomb Group records

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:49
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4013 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database