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Joseph Francis Kotlarz


Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Crewmamber B-17 'Kipling's Error III'. 25 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Re-enlisted USAF serving in Korea conflict.


Units served with


  • 42-5885 Kipling's Error III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 20/4/43; Lowry 5/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Harry Johnson, Co-pilot: Luther Bailey, Navigator: Herb Springer, Bombardier: Bill...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Born Omaha, NE 2 November 1914

Son of Franciszek and Stefania 'Stella' Kotlarz.

Enlisted 27 April 1942
Based Snetterton Heath 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 30 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 10 March 1951
Discharged USAF 20 March 1952

Honourable discharge.

Died 13 March 2004
Buried Saint Johns Cemetery Bellevue, Sarpy County, NE 17 March 2004

Saint Johns Cemetery
Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2021 13:06:38 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 17:53:02 acbernstein1 Changes to middlename and firstname

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:18 AAM AAM ingest

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