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Frank Chester Bobrowicz

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Frank Bobrowicz was Radio Operator on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

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  • Robert Gibbs

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Gibbs was Right Waist gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

  • Wilmer Goldinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Wilmer Goldinger was Co-Pilot on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Alec Gwazdosky

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Alec Gwazdosky was Top Turret gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

  • Theodore Lipchitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Theodore Lipchitz was Navigator on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Daniel Miller

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Daniel Miller was Ball Turret gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

  • James O'Brien

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    James O'Brien was Tail Gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Morris Swavel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Morris Swavel was Pilot of B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Philip Wade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Philip Wade was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • William Walker

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    William Walker was Left Waist gunner on board B-17 #42-39819, hit by Flak on return from the 13 April 1944 mission to Augsburg, Germany. Ditched in the Channel/North Sea, about 18km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium. Killed In Action ...

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31717

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-A] Framlingham 17/1/44; Missing in Action [14m] Berlin 8/3/44 with Paul Quillin, Co-pilot: Harmon Jordan, Navigator: Jake Simonitsch, Bombardier: Ray Jabara,...

  • 42-32026

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/44; Gr Island 30/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-E] Framlingham 10/2/44; Missing in Action Kassel 30/12/44 with Duane Sweeny, Patrick Nolan, Ellis Ruane, John Satterwhite, Bill Beighan, Bill Frawley, John Cooklis, Lt Crockett...

  • 42-37890 ROVIN’ ROMONA II/BIG FRIEND

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-R] Framlingham 8/11/43. Missing in Action La Glacerie (33m) on 20 March 1944 with Richard L. Mann, Co-pilot: John E. Vaughan, Navigator: McKinnon Cameron, Bombardier: Walter J....

  • 42-39819 Anoxia Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Scott 28/9/43; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-F] Framlingham 7/10/43. [ Waist gunner James P. Mallos was killed on board by Flak during the 7 January 1944 mission to Ludwigshafen (KIA) ] Missing in Action on its 35th mission,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 292

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

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Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bronx, New York, USA 4 June 1923
Lived in Bronx, New York 30 June 1942

685 East 225th Street

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel, 12 miles off the coast of Ostend, Belgium 13 April 1944

in the crash of B-17 #42-39819 in the Channel, about 15km West of the entrance to the port of Ostend, Belgium

Buried Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial

No Known Grave

Tablets of The Missing

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2020 03:35:46 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, highest rank, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56279555/frank-chester-bobrowicz
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44027_01_00...

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2020 08:10:21 ED-BB Changes to middlename and events
Sources

MACR 3947
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2020 13:43:36 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected KIA date in Bio

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2020 13:14:17 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3947

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3947 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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