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Edward Michael Kaminski

Military

Assigned to 730th Squadron.

First mission, of thirty-three combat missions, was on 28-Mar-44. The 452nd BG were to bomb German occupied airfield, Chateaudun, France. A combined force of 191 B-17's from 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG left from England to bomb 2 airfield and shipyards. Passionate Witch II 42-32082 and Kickapoo Joy Juice 42-97200 from the 452nd BG both received direct hits by flak. 42-32082 right wing broke off and spun out of control. 42-97200 broke apart and exploded. There were total of seven survivors.

On 12-Apr-44 42-31334 had a mechanical fault en-route to target, aircraft stalled and broke up, ditched in the North Sea, off Clacton, Essex. Pilot, Leland Evers; Navigator, Jules Jacobs; Bombardier, Gene Tully; Radio Operator, Stan Folcik (body was found in Channel 26-Jun-44 and buried, Brookwood, UK); Ball turret gunner, Fred Barnes; and Tail gunner, Bob Langheier (all 6 Killed in Action).

Flight engineer/top turret gunner Bob Givens plunged 12,000 feet before his ‘chute opened. 4 Returned (RTD) - Co-pilot, Ed Kaminsky; Waist gunner, Willis Junnila; Waist gunner, Matt Hunter and Givens - picked up by RAF Walrus L2289 of 277 Sqd off Orfordness, Suffolk.

Missing Air Crew Report 3933. "THREE CADS AND A LAD".

Kaminski witnessed both devastating experiences which will be forever in his memory. He returned home September 1944.

Service

People

  • James Abel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | waist gunner, nose gunner, toggelier B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Kaminski crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Douglas Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Kaminski crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Johnnie Eilert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Kaminski crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars). Post war: Served in USAF in Korean conflict.

  • Jack Farnham

    Military | First Lieutenant | co-pilot B-17 | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Matthew Hunter

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 12-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31334 '3 Cads and a Lad'. Plane crashed in North Sea. Returned to base. RTD Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Sam Kimbrough

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Kaminski crew. 23 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Walter Willem

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 452nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 730BS, 452BG, 8AF USAAF. Kaminski crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107073 Silver Shed House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 13/2/44; Kearney 21/2/44; Presque Is 4/4/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG Deopham Green [6K-J] 14/3/44; crash landed Honington base, Sfk. 30/7/44, repaired and returned to operations; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South...

  • 42-31334 Three Cads And A Lad

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Vandalia 21/10/43; Bunker Hill 10/11/43; Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 10/12/43; Nutts Corner (Belfast) 5/1/44; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K- ] Deopham Green 6/1/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 12/4/44 with Leland Evers, Navigator: Jules Jacobs,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 811

    29 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clinton, MA 29 September 1921
Enlisted Houston, TX 28 May 1942

Houston, Texas

Returned (RTD) North Sea 12 April 1944

Ditched North Sea, 12-Apr-44. RTD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2022 14:43:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/627146899
https://www.fold3.com/record/84820528/edward-m-kaminski-wwii-army-enlist...

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2021 23:25:23 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added a "Returned (RTD)" event per info in the "Summary biography".

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04 February 2021 23:20:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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24 March 2020 14:33:29 general ira snapsorter Changes to nickname, biography and unit associations
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1999 Unit Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
"Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Bishop & Hey.

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21 March 2020 01:41:34 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Added the words "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

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15 July 2018 01:30:20 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Changes to biography
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Cally Boatwright, 452nd BGA

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26 July 2017 18:19:23 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Carolyn 'Cally' Boatwright, 452nd Bomb Group Association

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