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Thomas A Laskowski Jr


B-17E-BO 41-9032 'My Gal Sal', piloted by Ralph H. Stinson, crash-landed along the coast of Greenland 27 June, 1942. All crew were rescued uninjured and plane was salvaged.

Joined 44th BG 68th BS Squadron 21-Sep-42.
ETO/Flight Echelon 2-Oct-42.

Injured 3-Jan-43 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' when aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Hospitalized and transferred to St. Athan.

DS/Bengahzi 26-Jun-43.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24211.

Returned to base 26-Aug-43.
DS/Tunis 16-Sep-43.
Returned to base 12-Oct-43.
Completed tour 16-Feb-44.
Trans/458 BG. Pilot: Lehnhausen, R.

Fw 190 destroyed 1-Oct-43. Me 109 destroyed 1-Oct-43.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb 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...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-9032 My Gal Sal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 414BS/97BG Presque Is; from Goose Bay, force landed Bluie West One, Greenland en route UK 26/6/42, with 2Lt.Ralph H.Stinson, Co-pilot: 2Lt. Wilson N. McGough, Lt Kenneth Bright, TSgt John R. Patrick, Radio Operator: SSgt Tomas K. Laskowski,...

  • 41-23806 Bat out of Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" was assigned to 44BG/68BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched 3-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed south-west of...

  • 41-24211 'Wing and a Prayer'

    B-24 Liberator
    A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by 1st Lt Walter T Holmes and returned safely to Libya.


  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Dreenhill

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Scranton, Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 12:00:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations and aircraft associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 21:49:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 5-Feb-43. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; converted dates in Biography to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy p. 39, The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams p.27