Felix W (Valentine) Kolasinski

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 33776 - Letter sent to my father, Stanley Vitkavage (the pilot), from family of 2nd Lt. Lambert Koupal. James Kostel was Lambert Koupal's grandfather...

Felix Kolasinski was Left Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. He baled out in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. According to US trial Review and Recommendations paper 12-1885 Kolasinski was shot to death shortly after being taken prisoner of war by a Master Sergeant of the German Army. The perpetrator was sentenced to death, reprieved, and paroled in February 1954. Initially buried near the place of his death, his remains were brought back to the United States after the war.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51681) of the 453rd Bomb Group flies in formation with a fellow Liberator of the 453rd and and a pathfinder Liberator of the 445th Bomb Group. Image via Alan Rowsell.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39911604
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33728946
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2072788
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator / Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36758482
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15126504
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 701st Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Signal Squares on the airfield at Tibenham, B-24 Liberators of the 398th Bomb Group are visible in the background. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Tibenham Signal Squares.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Tivetshall

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Toledo, Ohio, USA 15 November 1918 the son of Felix W. and Jennie K. Kolasinski

Enlisted

9 July 1942 Toledo, Ohio

Died

27 February 1945 near Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, after the crash of B-24 42-51506

Buried

28 February 1945 initially buried at the Friedhof Ebnet, a community cemetery in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Toledo, Ohio

Buried

his remains were brought back to the US, where he rests at the Calvary Cemery in Toledo, Ohio

Revisions

Date29 Mar 2019 14:54:34
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 12778
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date6 Jan 2018 00:06:15
ContributorKauko56
Sources

R&R paper 12-1885, Yavnai PhDiss "Military Justice"

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:35
ContributorAAM
Sources

Birsic, MACR 12778, 2AD Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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