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Cyril Methodious Babcanec


From Pennsylvania. Killed in action on 23 September 1944, after his aircraft C-47 Skytrain 42-101007 nicknamed "Buzz Job Mike" was hit by flak over Nijmegen on a glider towing mission. Other members of his crew reported seeing him in his position prior to the order for bailing out being given, and his remains were later spotted among the ruins of his aircraft. Babcanec is buried in Netherlands American Cemetery.


Units served with


  • 42-101007 Buzz Job Mike

    C-47 Skytrain
    On 23 September 1944, hit by flak on a glider-towing mission over Nijmegen. Eyewitnesses reported after being hit, the aircraft went into a steep vertical climb and cut their glider loose, before the crew lost control of the aircraft which crashed. Two...

Associated Place

  • Langar

    Military site : airfield
    Langar was built in the latter half of 1942 in the parish of Harby, which is the name locals used to refer to the base. It was built to a standard Class A specification, with 6,000 foot and 4,200 foot runways, hardstandings for aircraft (originally 36,...


Event Location Date
Died 23 September 1944
Enlisted Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
08 April 2020 08:43:07 Emily Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Missing Air Crew Report

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08 April 2020 08:31:39 Emily Changes to events

Added enlistment and death events as per ABMC

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07 April 2020 10:44:18 alanrweb Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography and unit associations