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Chester John Padlo

Military

Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5165

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Emil Siewert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 24-May-44 in in B-17 42-31306 'Nelson King'; shot down by fighters, crashed Ostprignitz. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5165 Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31306 'Nelson King'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Romulus 10/11/43; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-V] Thorpe Abbotts 15/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Emil Siewart, Bombardier: Irving Jacobwitz,Tail gunner: Frank Kroczynski (3 Killed in Action);...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan, USA 19 May 1923

Son of Frank and Francis Padlo.

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 24 May 1944

Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 24 May 1944 – 7 February 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out POW Ostprignitz, Germany 24 May 1944

Baled out, wounded. Rescued from pitch fork wielding farmer by German soldier. POW

Died 29 April 2014
Buried Saint Hedwig Cemetery Dearborn Heights, Wayne County, MI May 2014

Saint Hedwig Cemetery
Dearborn Heights, Wayne County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 21:09:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/236448148/chester-john-padlo

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 17:23:31 tjgerber Changes to media associations
Sources

https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Itemid=3...

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2022 12:29:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28632882
https://www.fold3.com/image/660501050
https://www.100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&Item...
https://www.hackettmetcalf.com/obituaries/Chester-Padlo/
https://www.sonsoflibertymuseum.org/pows/padlo-chester-p464857632.cfm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/236448148/chester-john-padlo

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2020 01:05:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5165 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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