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Vincent C Drozdek

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944

-- 8TH A.F. - 3RD BOMB. DIVISION - 1ST MISSION - 8TH AF, 3RD BD, 93RD CBW, 34TH BG (MISSION #10)

-- Takeoff at 0234 hours, flew in position 1 - 3 in 2nd Squadron (squadrons assembled and circled over northern Ireland waiting for last RAF aircraft to return over channel before commencing bomb run)

-- The mission was to soften and disrupt the German coastal defenses and cut off resupply routes just prior to the Allied invasion. 10/10 cloud cover totally obscured assigned bridges and highway choke points and forced the Group’s planes to return to base with full bomb loads. Although the assigned targets were relatively close, the flight duration was exceptionally long to avoid the Normandy invasion area.

-- Navigators in secondary squadrons (not lead squadron) for this D-Day bomb mission determined as surplus, and Misery Agent navigator 1LT Robert H. Gross sent back to unit and did not fly the mission (secondary squadron aircraft to simply follow the lead squadron aircraft across the channel, down along the French coast, visually identify target and return to base; oral history provided by Bob Gross.)

-- Weather conditions and "fog of war" resulted in FTR (failed to return) / crash

Service

People

  • William Curtin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944

  • Herman Doell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Crashed in England, on 6 June 1944. Was taken to the hospital in Ringwood but died on 8 June 44. Purple Heart

  • Lewis Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944

  • Robert Gross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    Bob Gross flew 33 missions with the 34th Bomb Group. ...

  • Jerome Helget

    Military | Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • William Price

    Military | Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 ...

  • Alvin Rainey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944

  • Arthur Stancati

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) , His plane 'Misery Agen' crashed on 6 June in the shallow waters of Poole Harbour, near Corfe Castle in England. , Sergeant. Stancati was taken to Ringwood hospital and died on 8 June 1944 Library Reference Drawer

  • Robert Swarthout

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 3rd Air Division

    3rd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28838 Misery Agent / Tommy Thumper

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 41-28838 was originally assigned to the 486th Bomb Group and nicknamed "Tommy Thumper". The aircraft flew 7 missions with the 486th Bomb Group from 8 May 1944, before being transferred to the 34th Bomb Group and being renamed "Misery...

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Died 6 June 1944

Crashed near Corfe Castle in the Olds Woode when B-24H Misery Agent ran out of gas due to being heavy with 12 500 lbs bombs still on board returning to Mendlesham after not being able to drop bombs on target (Caen, France) for D-Day invasion due to 10/10 undercast conditions.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2016 15:49:38 VinceH Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://colbobsimpson.com/history/history_34th_bomb_group.html

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2016 15:43:52 VinceH Changes to biography, person associations and unit associations
Sources

http://valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/41-28838.htm

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2016 15:23:13 VinceH Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/41-28838.htm

http://www.westhartfordnews.com/articles/2011/05/19/news/doc4dcf19327a9a...

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2016 14:50:02 VinceH Changes to role, biography and events
Sources

http://www.americandday.org/rosters/dday/member/individual_folder.php?id...

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2016 23:53:12 VinceH Changes to person associations
Sources

http://valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/41-28838.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2016 23:50:54 VinceH Changes to service number, role, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/41-28838.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2016 23:25:03 VinceH Changes to nickname and awards
Sources

- http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=36859
- family

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / H. Province

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