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1Lt Eugene J Zakovec, entered the USAAF from: Nebraska. He trained as a fighter pilot and served with the 385th Fighter Squadron. On the 9th April 1945 Eugene was part of an Escort operation supporting 8th Air Force bombers on a mission to Germany. He was flying in the No.4 position of a flight from the 384th Fighter Squadron when they approached the German airfield at Rheine. He attacked the airfield and when he was pulling out of his strafing run his P-38 Lightning (42-67957) was hit by heavy ground fire. The aircraft climbed steeply for about 100ft and then slammed into the ground and exploded, killing Eugene outright. He is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery Neupre, Belgium...

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  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 384th Fighter Squadron
  • 385th Fighter Squadron

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  • Eugene Zakovec

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Eugene entered the USAAF from: Nebraska. He trained as a fighter pilot and served with the 385th Fighter Squadron. On the 9th April 1945 Eugene was part of an Escort operation supporting 8th Air Force bombers on a mission to Germany. He was flying in...

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Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 09:32:51 Michelbe Changes to caption
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Michel Beckers WW2CRASHSITERESEARCH

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 09:20:27 Michelbe Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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Michel Beckers WW2CRASHSITERESEARCH

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