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Charles Francis Awrajcewicz

Military

Charles F Awrajcewicz served between June 1942 and the fatal training flight on 31 August 1943 - mid-air collision with Beaufighter Serial V8715 of RAF 75 Squadron. He had flown in over 25 missions, both daylight and night bombing ones. He originally flew with the crew of "Black Swan" (42-29641), then flew on 10 missions with "We The People" (41-24614), "Windy City Challenger" (42-3049), "Centaur" (42-29555) and lastly with "Eager Eagle" (42-5376). Only 2 of the 10-man crew survived.

3 Bronze stars with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Service

People

  • Robert Barrall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. On 15-May-43 20 mm shells from Fw190 came through nose, shot away plexiglass of B-17 'Old Bill' B-17 42-29673 killing the navigator and wounding both pilots, Barrall flew the A/C home where the pilot having...

  • John Breen

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15-May-43 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose of B-17 42-29673 'Old Bill'. Later had mid air collision with RAF Beaufighter on training mission in B17 42-5376 'Eager Eagle' 31-Aug...

  • William Cullity

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    KIS had mid air collision with RAF on training mission in 'Eager Eagle' in B17 #42-5376

  • Allen McDaniel

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    KIS in mid air collision with RAF on training mission in 'Eager Eagle' in B17 #42-5376 August 31, 1943

  • Carl Ruehl

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    One of 2 survivors in midair collision with RAF plane on training flight. Most on Eager Eagle B-17 42-5376 31 Aug 1943.

  • George Simon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    KIS in mid air collision with RAF on training mission in 'Eager Eagle' in B17 #42-5376 August 31, 1943

  • Floyd Truesdell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    KIS had mid air collision with RAF on training mission in 'Eager Eagle' in B17 #42-5376

  • Joseph Von Esley

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) had mid air collision on night training mission with RAF fighter. Plane was Eager Eagle.

  • James Yongue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Had mid air collision with RAF on training mission in 'Eager Eagle' in B-17 #42-5376, KIS.

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29555 Centaur

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 9/1/43; Tinker 26/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-Y/D] Chelveston 6/4/43; Missing in Action Hannover 28/9/43 with Capt Harvey Rodgers, Radio Operator: Frank Lang, Waist gunner: Joe Lickose, Waist gunner: Marvin Sirus (4...

  • 42-29641

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-V] Chelveston 21/3/43; Missing in Action Nantes 4/7/43 with Frank Scott, Co-pilot: Bob Brazeal, Navigator: Bill Bailey, Bombardier: Leslie Stone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-5376 Eager Eagle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 25/11/42; Salina 4/1/43; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-X] Chelveston 1/3/43; collision with Beaufighter (V8715) 31/8/43, with Floyd Truesdell, Co-pilot: Allan McDaniel, Navigator: Bill Cullity, Bombardier: Bob Barrall,...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Haven, Connecticut 24 October 1918
Enlisted Hartford, Connecticut, United States 18 June 1942

as a Private

Died Foulsham, Dereham County, Norfolk, United Kingdom 31 August 1943

In mid-air collison with an RAF Beaufighter Serial V8715 over Foulsham, Norfolk County, England. 42-5376 was on a Night Cross Country navigation flight.
The pilot of the Beaufighter was RAF 75 Squadron Leader Edward Robert Myddleton APPLETON, observer on board the Baeufighter, was also killed.

Buried New Haven, Connecticut

Saint Lawrence Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 15:12:45 Lucy May Changes to biography and awards
Sources

Correspondence with Brad Markell, grandson:
'My granddad, Charles Francis Awrajewicz, served btwn June '42-Aug.31st and [flew] well over 25 missions.'

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2018 09:53:51 Lucy May Changes to surname and events
Sources

Corrected spelling of surname from '' to 'Awrajcewicz'.
See enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...

Added Charles F Awrajcewicz's name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 15:57:51 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
WW II Registry entry at http://www.wwiimemorial.com/registry/search/pframe.asp?HonoreeID=2260087...
Burial location: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=AWRAJCEWICZ&GSbyre...
Accident report in MACR file

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / relative, documents, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 259

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