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John Martin Zylka Jr

Military

Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: AM (4OLC), PH (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Shelton Wrath

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD "I'd heard many times that the name they gave the plane was: 'The Gripes of Wrath'." Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

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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. ...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 854th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin 25 March 1925
Enlisted 1942
Based Metfield 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died West Bend, WI 25 May 1999
Buried Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI 28 May 1999

Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2021 21:25:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/686193370
https://www.fold3.com/record/706110514/blank-us-wwii-hospital-admission-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107649118/john-martin-zylka

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2021 21:10:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/686193370
https://www.fold3.com/record/706110514/blank-us-wwii-hospital-admission-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107649118/john-martin-zylka

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / WWW.491st.org roster

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