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Valentine William Bollwerk

Military

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Strafing a marshaling yard, hit in the port engine and belly landed near Amiens on 11-Jun-44 in P-38 42-104396. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5575.

Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam wars, rising to Lt Colonel.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 March 1918

Son of Val J and Frances J [Binz] Bollwerk.

Lived in Saint Louis, MO, USA 1941
Enlisted Missouri, USA 1941

Missouri

Crashed Zanderij, Suriname 5 January 1942

Taxiing Accident Zandery Field, SUR Cat 4 damage 2Lt Val W Bollwerk, 5-Jan-42.

P-40C 41-13411 - 43PS 26FtrCmd

Crashed Guyana 16 January 1942

Take Off Accident Atkinson Field, British Guyana Cat 3 damage 2Lt Val W Bollwerk, 16-Jan-42.

P-40C 41-13432 - 43PS 16PG.

Crashed Zanderij, Suriname 8 August 1942

Taxiing Accident 5 miles West Zandery, SUR Cat 3 damage 2Lt Val W Bollwerk, 8-Aug-42.

P-40C 41-13411 43FS

Based Wormingford December 1943 – 11 April 1944

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 1944

Promoted to Major.

Transferred Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 11 April 1944 – 11 June 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 11 June 1944

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Shot down Amiens, France 11 June 1944

Crashed near Amiens on 11-Jun-44 in P-38 42-104396 Hit by flak. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5575.

Died Reseda, Los Angeles, CA, USA 11 March 2000
Buried 12 April 2000

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2021 09:50:16 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, nickname, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8792109/valentine-william-bollwerk

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2017 12:39:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 5575 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 14:32:56 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bollwerk&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/page/66044849_val_w%20bollwerk/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/28620935
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8792109

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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