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Donald Prytulak

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Don and his crew were among the first crews to arrive at Alamogordo. Many of the new crews had been disbanded to form other new crews or were taken over by a senior pilot. Apparently, the command staff liked what they saw in Don as his crew remained intact. They were assigned to the 859th Squadron as as Crew 907. After three months of Group Training, the 492nd was ordered to England for combat duty. Don's wife saw him off at Alamogordo as the Group began its trek to the European Theater.
While at North Pickenham, Don was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He led his crew on twenty-eight combat missions while the Group took extremely high casualties. He got his fair share of the tough assignments. During that time he was awarded an Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters.
When the Group was disbanded in August of '44, Don took his crew to the 467th BG. They flew three more missions with them, thus completing their tour of thirty. At a later date, a review board gave them credit for an earlier uncredited mission. Crew 907 ended up with thirty-one credited combat missions. Don was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, plus was given another cluster to his Air Medal.
Crew 907 knows that they were lucky to had survived the war. But every man who served with Don are quick credit his good skills, judgement and character for getting them safely through it. Don didn't want to be a war hero. He just wanted to get back home to his bride. But in order to do that, though, he first had to do his duty, thus becoming a war hero.
Don returned to the US in August of 1944. He finished his service in the war effort as a test pilot for newer models of B-24s and B-17s while stationed at Victorville Air Force Base, California.

Service

People

  • Benjamin Babitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Benjamin Cronemeyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • Thomas Floyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 467th Bomb Group

  • Duane Heath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Andrew Maiorino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Aldon Mohney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • George Robb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Raymond Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 467th Bomb Group

  • Wesley Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

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Units served with

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 788th Bomb Squadron

    788th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...

  • 859th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 350

    11 May 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

  • 360

    21 May 1944

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

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Associated Place

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Derby, Connecticut 14 December 1916
Enlisted Uniontown, Pennsylvania 18 September 1939
Commissioned 2LT/Pilot Wings Valdosta, Georgia 30 August 1943

Moody AAF

Assigned to 492nd BG Alamagordo, New Mexico 5 January 1944

Holloman AAF

492nd BG Combat Tour North Pickenham Airfield, UK 11 May 1944 – 6 August 1944

28 combat missions

467th Combat Tour Rackheath Airfield, UK 14 August 1944 – 16 August 1944

3 combat missions
assigned with crew to the 467th BG after the original 492nd BG was disbanded

Died Virginia Beach, Virginia 10 November 1989

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 18:15:35 466thHistorian Changes to nickname
Sources

http://www.492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=personnelBio&bi...

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 18:12:08 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=personnelBio&bi...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in Healy's book on 467th BG, 1993 edition & Page 380 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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