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Frank V Kroczynski

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. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5165

Awards: AM, PH.

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  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Passaic, New Jersey, USA 1 February 1918
Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 24 May 1944

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

Died Ostprignitz, Germany 24 May 1944

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

Buried Beverly National Cemetery Beverly, Burlington County, NJ 1 June 1949

Re-Interred
Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2022 19:39:11 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28632882
https://www.fold3.com/image/310760529
https://www.fold3.com/record/718523764/kroczynski-frank-v-us-veterans-gr...
https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=498531
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2518612/frank-v-kroczynski

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:11 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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