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Theodore Vladamir Kolaya

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Forced to ditch due to engine fire/failure 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42-110160 'Chris Crate II', Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

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People

  • Edsel Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    January - March 1945. On 23 February 1945, 6th mission, ditched our B-24. 3 of 9 crew members survived. Picked up by air-sea rescue in life raft after 8 hours. Flown to England. AM/ ETO w/ 3 battle stars/ PH

  • Glenn Cowan

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) no body ever recovered. On 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42-110160 'Chris Crate II' ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued. Name shows as Conway in Combat Chronology Supplement.

  • Thomas Foley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Went down 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42110160 'Chris Crate II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

  • Thomas Henderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • John McGrady

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Went down 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42-110160 'Chris Crate II', Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

  • Frank Parker

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • John White

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Went down 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42-110160 'Chris Crate II', Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

  • Ralph Wilson

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Went down 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42110160 'Chris Crate II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lansford, PA 11 October 1921
Enlisted Allentown, PA 9 February 1943
Lived in Lansford, PA, USA 1944

313 1/2 Bertsch Street

Died 15 miles NNE of Cromer, Norfolk, UK 23 February 1945

Shortly after takeoff #4 engine was observed to be on fire. The #2 engine started cutting out and altitude could not be maintained. No attempt was made to feather either engine and loss of altitude was rapid until the a/c struck the water's surface. No warning bells were sounded. The aircraft struck the water into the wind, into a swell, pancaked down, tail high, power on. At impact the Martin turret came down, the bomb bay doors broke and the aircraft was broken through the floor at the waist, sinking rapidly. The radio operator escaped through the top hatch, pulled the flight engineer out, deployed the dinghy and picked up the tail gunner who had also escaped. No other crewmen were seen.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2020 03:19:21 466thHistorian Changes to middlename
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60526&h=856385&...

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 23:58:14 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 23:56:09 466thHistorian Changes to awards
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 19:02:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2018 21:45:34 466thHistorian Changes to events
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https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=6714252&...

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2016 23:45:29 466thHistorian Changes to events and media associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2014 19:17:45 466thHistorian Changes to events
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Statement of Radio Operator, SSGT Thomas E. Henderson - 4 March 1945

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2014 19:10:38 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
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466th Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

BS Roll of Honor/accident report 72, MACR 2110160 Attlebridge Arsenal p. 159. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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