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Dominic Benedict Kolenic


Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: BSM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Gerald Brasher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Gerald E 'Jerry' Brasher served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. He was a ace with 6 kills to his credit. 1 x confirmed [Air], 5 x confirmed [Ground]. Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-76549 Nice Kitty / Dude

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Gerald E Brasher. Reassigned to Lt Merle Capp. Crew Chief - S/Sgt Dominic M Kolenic Asst Crew Chief - Cpl Donald R Hink Armourer - Cpl George S Mueller

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Muskegon Heights, MI 24 April 1919

Son of Dominic Fred Kolenic.

Enlisted Kalamazoo, MI 25 July 1941

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Based Duxford 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Muskegon, MI 14 June 2000
Buried Saint Mary's Cemetery Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI 17 June 2000

Saint Mary's Cemetery
Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan


Date Contributor Update
02 April 2021 11:19:56 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2021 21:22:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in book Duxford Diary by The Duxford Aviation Society, 1989 edition