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Joseph Henry Kedzierski

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 combat missions. Donovan Helgeson crew. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Donovan Helgeson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Top Turret/Engineer / Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions as Top Turret/Engineer. ETD Re-trained as a pilot. Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions as pilot. ETD Awards: DFC, (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (5 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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38229 Better Duck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 1/45; with D.G. Helgeson force landed A-78 afb Florennes/Juzaine, Bel. 9/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45;...

  • 43-38317 'Flak Evader'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/7/44; Hunter 2/8/44; Kearney 20/9/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Horham 12/8/44; with J.H. Corbin force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; 89m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Ypsilanti 23/6/45; 4168 Base Unit,...

  • 43-38657 Evasive Action

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/8/44; Lincoln 4/9/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-V] Horham 19/9/44; 334BS [BG-V]; with M.C. Ryan force landed RAF Woodbridge, Sfk 25/12/44; 62m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...

  • 43-38990 The Creamer

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 28/10/44; Grenier 2/11/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-X] Horham 3/11/44; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 15...

  • 44-8640

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 14/11/44; Dow Field 3/12/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 5/12/44; after 58 missions was Missing in Action Operation Chowhound (6th such mission) 7/5/44 with Lionel Sceurman, Navigator:...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, PA 29 November 1925

Son of Dorothy Kedzierski.

Enlisted 6 March 1944
Based Horham February 1945 – July 1945

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 8 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Chicago, IL 28 July 1999
Buried Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums Justice, Cook County, IL August 1999

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums
Justice, Cook County, Illinois

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