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Vladimir Kovalchick


B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944/Prisoner of War (POW). Taken to Rennes Prison Camp. Transferred to Chartreuse Musical University. Sent to German prison camp via Paris and then on to Frankfurt, Germany. Traveled by boxcar to Stalog Luft #4 (Prison Air #4) near Polish boarder. February 1945, traveled by foot 53 days to Northern Germany near the Baltic, down to Hanover. Rescued by British forces in Hanover. Then sent to Brussels, Belguim. Traveled by convoy to Le Havre, France. Traveled back to America by boat.


Units served with

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28710 "Squat 'N Droppit"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by at least 13 different crews on 21 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 x KIA....


Event Location Date
Born California, Pennsylvania, USA
Honorable Discharge Lockbourne, OH 43137, USA

POW June 12 1944 - April 1945.

Discharged from Lockborne AB, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2020 04:23:10 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

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23 December 2016 01:29:51 raccoon225 Changes to nickname


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13 February 2015 22:54:49 raccoon225 Changes to nickname and media associations
Sources and autobiography

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13 February 2015 22:34:59 raccoon225 Changes to nickname


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13 February 2015 22:15:57 raccoon225 Changes to events


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13 February 2015 13:27:40 raccoon225 Changes to biography and events

Autobiography written by Vladimir Kovalchick

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27 September 2014 18:26:35 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5803 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database