Alexander Yonych

Military

Flew out of Chelveston, bombing Lille, France, had 2 engines shot up. Barely landed on 2 engines outside of Lourdes on field still under construction. While flying out of Bishoa, Africa on loan to the 15th AF, went on bomb raid to Palermo, Italy. Plane hit by flak and enemy planes. . Plane exploded, blew me out, injured badly, captured. This happened on 3/22/43, my birthday.

POW Medal; Purple Heart, Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster, ETO Medal, EAME Medal

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Junior

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

New York City, New York 1917-03-22

Buried

Baltimore, Maryland

Died

2010-10-31

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Zagan Poland 1943-03-22 Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Revisions

Date4 Feb 2020 23:03:13
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Upgraded rank to 1LT per the MACR #16153 on the 301st BG website.

Date4 Feb 2020 02:42:03
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to A/C #42-5179 mentioned in the A/C description.

Date4 Feb 2020 02:38:40
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date27 Sep 2014 18:03:15
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Self, niece