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George Kenneth Bachman


Parents: George and Pauline (Matthias) Bachman they were married in March 1911
Siblings: Conrad A (1913), Robert G (1914), Virginia E (1919)

George (Father) was born in Scranton PA in 1885, he died February 1931
Pauline (Mother) was born in Scranton PA in 1891, she died August 1970

Stock boy at Samter Brothers before enlisting.

Green Ridge Baptist Church -
“He gives freely of his talents at his Church, Green Ridge Baptist”

Participated in:
Opera Guild
Singer’s Guild
Was a bass soloist

Scranton Community Opera 1948

Ferdinand Liva, dir. Rita Sawicki, sec. Suite 207 Connell Bldg.,~ Scranton B.
4 performances at Masonic Temple Theater: Faust; *Hansel and Gretel (3); Rigoletto; *La Serva Padrona. Season opened Oct. 6. Leading singers: Charlotte Denny, Lena Ferretti, Peggy Monley, Florence Olah, Joan Polley, Rita Rosato, Mary Russoniello, Rita Sawicki, Palma Shard, sopranos; Rosa Donato, Jane Mongan, Barbara Nuttall, mezzo-sopranos; Joseph Laub, Bernard McGurl, tenors; Frank Curcio, Frank Nicolosi, baritones; George Bachman, Michael Leondi, Donald Stalbird, bassos. Conductor: Ferdinand Liva. Stage director: George Winter-stein, Jr.

Awarded a course at Juilliard School of Music - October 1946

B.S., State Teachers College (Mansfield, Pennsylvania), 1952;
B.S., Juilliard School of Music, 1953

Graduate of Technical High School

Married Vida DuRand Mead Niewiadomski - April 5, 1954
Adopted Theodore Jon Niewiadomski
Children: Paula, Beckee, Georgette K, Ginee
Taught Music at Monticello High School - Monticello Illinois
Died August 30, 1972 in Monticello Illinois. He was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery - Dunmore PA with his parents and maternal grandparents.



  • Stuart Davis

    Military | Corporal | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Sep 1944

  • Jerome Engs

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Sep 1944

  • Frank Fedarico

    Military | Corporal | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Sep 1944

  • James Kramer

    Military | Corporal | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Sep 1944

  • Donald McClure

    Military | Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Sep 1944

  • Allen Nehls

    Military | Corporal | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Sep 1944

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37683

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/5/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 1/6/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Snetterton 3/6/44; landing accident at RAF Wattisham with Roy Sandusky 2/2/45; taxi accident with Walter Brady 24/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168...

  • 43-37767 Star Eyes, My Ideal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Patterson 26/6/44; Kearney 26/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 8/7/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 2/3/45 with Benton Gatch, Co-pilot: John Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Brown, Bombardier: John Ozier,...

  • 43-37775 OH! Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 1/6/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-E] Snetterton 19/6/44 HELL'S CHARIOT; landing accident at base with Neal Keys 23/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; with Bill Evans to Scott Fd, IlL 10/7/45;...

  • 43-38644 Green Weenie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/8/44; Hunter 15/9/44; Grenier 22/9/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-A] Snetterton 23/9/44; Missing in Action Berlin 5/12/44 with Munroe David, Co-pilot: Gene Mench, Navigator: Ira Halverson, Bombardier: Jim Hantges, Flight engineer/top...

  • 43-38732

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 14/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 1/10/44; 339BS/96BG [QJ-O] Snetterton 2/10/44; landing accident with Don Field 18/12/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45;...

  • 43-38748 Bachelor's Lair

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 18/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-V] Snetterton 1/10/44; battle damaged Merseburg 25/11/44 with Bob Weaver, (9 Returned to Duty); crashed Westleton, near Leiston, Sfk. UK; Salvaged 28/11/44.

  • 43-38871

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 2/10/44; Grenier 10/10/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-V] Snetterton 17/10/44; Missing in Action Kiel 3/4/45 with Chas McFarland, Co-pilot: Russell Land, Navigator: Jack Wells, togg-Roman Schmitz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Al...

  • 43-38938

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 15/10/44; Dow Fd 27/10/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 29/10/44; transferred 339BS/96BG [QJ-S] Snetterton 30/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/6/45; 237 BU Kirtland 8/1/46; Reconstruction...


  • 704

    6 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 723

    25 November 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 785

    7 January 1945

  • 809

    28 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


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