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Peter Kowal

Military

Peter Kowal was Navigator on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

People

  • Robert Allin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cedric Cole

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Cedric Cole was Radio Operator on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • James Fittinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Patrick McCormick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 753BS, 458BG. 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Mortinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    James Mortinson was Bombardier on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • Herman Peacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Herman Peacher was Tail Gunner on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • Lawrence Scheiding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Lawrence Scheiding was Ball Turret gunner on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak...

  • George Spaven

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission in B-24 41-28729 on 8 March 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). George Spaven was Pilot of 41-29273 'Flak Magnet' on the 22 April 1944 mission. Hit by flak at...

  • James Wedding

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Zedeker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Robert Zedeker was Co-Pilot on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29273 Flak Magnet

    B-24 Liberator
    MACR 4180: Spaven's A/C was hit by Flak at approximately 19:38 hours SW of Hamm, Germany. The #2 engine caught fire and the A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen. A/C then was brought under control and Lt George N. Spaven Jr regained...

Missions

  • 311

    22 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 11 July 1919

New Jersey, United States

Lived in 1942

Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey

Prisoner of War (POW) 22 April 1944

Captured in Ostenfelde, Germany. Interned at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan/Zagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 22 May 1945.”

Died 31 December 1997
Buried January 1998

Peter Koval rests at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, Delaware

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 13:29:15 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4180
WWII Draft card
WWII POW records
Downed Allied Aircraft Kampfflugzeug Unterlagen (KU) Reports KU 1487 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139542878
VA Gravesite locator

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4180 / MACR 4180, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 322 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition, D790.A2S45 & Page 278of the book LIBERATORS OVER EUROPE by Mackay, Bailey & Scorza, D790G458 &

href="http://www.458bg.com/crew33spaven.htm">http://www.458bg.com/crew33spaven.htm> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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