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Rudolph Kostka Jr.


Assigned May 1944. Flew his first bombing mission on his 23rd birthday, May 19, 1944. On 5 Sept 1944 on Stuttgart mission Flew 33 missions on 'I'll Get By'. Flew two D-Day missions.



  • Frank Fekete

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions on 'I'll Get By'

  • Robert Gould

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 combat missions Plane was I'll Get By'

  • Edward Griswold

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Flew 33 missions on 'I'll Get By'

Units served with


  • 44-6127 I'll Get By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 9/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-R] Snetterton 1/6/44; on return from mission to Belgian Afds 14/6/44 with Rudolph Kostka, rest unknown (10 Returned to Duty); skidded off runway through an ammunition hut...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


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Date Contributor Update
11 June 2021 15:05:15 Chana Changes to role


Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 15:18:40 Chana Changes to biography, unit associations and place associations

Service member's daughter, Chana Kostka Ball.

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 15:08:13 Chana Changes to suffix, nickname, biography, person associations and unit associations

Edits by daughter of service member, Chana Kostka Ball.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:42 AAM AAM ingest

96th BG Directory; Snetterton Falcons, pg 150, 189 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia