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Joseph Kolar Jr


Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 29-Nov-43 in B-17 42-6039, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1560

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb 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


  • 42-6039 'Blondie III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/6/43; Amarillo 18/7/43; Dallas 9/8/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 14/10/43; 5m, Missing in Action 29/11/43 with Les Palmer, Co-pilot: Ray Grass, Bombardier: Joe Kolar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Wilbert, Radio...

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....

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois 1921

Son of Joseph Kolar Sr.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 5 March 1941

Chicago, Illinois

Based Horham 1943 – 29 November 1943

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 29 November 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.


Date Contributor Update
17 May 2021 18:43:52 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2020 22:11:49 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Added a POW event and a S/N per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2020 19:38:41 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, suffix and biography

Corrected the name by moving "Jr" from the middle name field to the suffix field.
Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1560