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Benedict Bernard Borostowski

Military

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Harry Goldstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Oscar O'Neill

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5070 'Invasion II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O'Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lasalle, IL, USA 11 February 1920

Son of Joseph and Anna [Szymanski] Borostowski.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 17 April 1943

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 17 April 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Shot down Oldenburg, Germany 17 April 1943

Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety.

Died 11 April 2000
Buried Saint Hyacinth Cemetery La Salle, IL 15 April 2000

Saint Hyacinth Cemetery
La Salle
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2021 00:33:28 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/55636/TheFirstofMa...

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 16:44:20 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47349570
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69383750/benedict-bernard-borostowski

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 00:27:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2017 18:44:20 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32151287/?terms=42-5070
http://worldwar2database.com/gallery/wwii0002
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=69383750

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15519 / MACR 15519, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 105, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar pp. 37-38 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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