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John A Martyniak

Military

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Wayne Coffey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4stars)

  • Albert Fahey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Hart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Martyniak J. Crew

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 #42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first...

  • Allen Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Kellum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) . ...

  • Darrell Longley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Murray

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Stewart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ray Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. 25 x combat missions. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) . ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

Missions

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bristol County, MA 14 September 1917

Son of Stefan and Anna [Duszynski] Martyniak.

Enlisted Fall River, MA 24 September 1940

Fall River, Massachusetts

Based Ridgewell 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched channel RTD 30 miles W of Jersey 8 June 1944

Mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Discharged USAAF 28 May 1945

Honorable discharge.

Died Taunton, MA 4 July 2005
Buried Massachusetts National Cemetery Bourne, Barnstable County, MA 9 July 2005

Massachusetts National Cemetery
Bourne,
Barnstable County, MA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 18:34:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28637758
https://www.fold3.com/image/28636460
https://www.fold3.com/record/1720172-john-a-martyniak
https://www.fold3.com/record/83363272-john-a-martyniak
https://www.fold3.com/record/628792336-john-martyniak-1917
D-Day Bombers: The Veterans' Story By Stephen Darlow
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128991352/john-a-martyniak

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 21:26:25 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

D-Day Bombers: The Veterans' Story By Stephen Darlow

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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