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Joseph J. Pavelko

Military

B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham.

Crashed into the cemetery in Mirns, Friesland, the Netherlands on 22 DEC 1943, killing 7 of the 10 crew.

Story written about the crash in MAR 2015 by Mr. Jaap Halma
http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

11 NOV 2015 Commemoration ceremony photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/b-24_liberator_42-7554/albums

11 NOV 2015 YouTube video of event:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVpI3Tf-GWc

Service

People

  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Erwin / Edwin Bevins Jr

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Anthony Destro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • John Elder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 ~ Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Joseph Gill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Harry Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Asst Engineer & Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Everett Odom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • James Owen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    December 16, 1943, on local formation training mission in B-17#42-39769 when the landing gear collapsed doing extensive damage to the a/c. 9 RTD

  • James Owens

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | B-24 Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Oscar Robbins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

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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. ...

  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 702nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania

1924

Died 22 December 1943

22 DEC 1943 in Mirns, Netherlands. His B-24 crashed into a cemetery.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands, M 10 14

Revisions

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http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-2946.pdf

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I have the complete and accurate story, see links below. My uncle was the Bombardier

http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-2946.pdf

http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 06:07:06 usafdo Changes to person associations
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My uncle was the Bombardier onboard
http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-2946.pdf

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 06:04:49 usafdo Changes to person associations
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My uncle was the Bombardier (2LT Anthony Destro)

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 06:03:55 usafdo Changes to role and person associations
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The PIC/Pilot of #42-7554 "Tail End Charlie" crashed in Mirns, Holland 22 DEC 1943...my uncle was the Bombardier

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 06:01:08 usafdo Changes to awards
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Verified from original copy from Ancestry.com on his burial certificate states awarded purple heart

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:21 AAM AAM ingest
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Birsic, ABMC, 2AD Honor Roll / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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