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John Kozey Jr


After being damaged by fighters on a bomber support mission to Brunswick, Germany on 15 Mar 1944, P-47D 42-22456 crashed near Quackenbruck after the pilot, Lt John Kozey Jr, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Promoted to Major, John stayed in the Air Force and was in the 4th Fighter Interception Group/336th Fighter Interception Squadron in Korea in 1952. In 1968, with the rank of Lt Colonel, he was Commander of the 459th Tactical Airlift Squadron at the Phù Cát airbase in Viet Nam.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 42-22456 Liberty Belle

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Shot down 15 March 1944 on an escort mission to Brunswick, with Pilot Lt John Kozey Jr - Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3052.


  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Born 23 November 1920

New York

Lived in 1942

Steuben County, New York

Enlisted 12 October 1942

Rochester, New York

baled out 15 March 1944

of his stricken P-47 Serial 42-22530 - captured near Quackenburg, Germany

Prisoner of War 15 March 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan, Poland. Force-marched to Stalag 7A Moosburg. Liberated there on 29 April 1945. NARA POW records : "Returned to Military Control 23 June 1945."

Buried 1997

John Kozey Jr rests at the Saint Mary's Greek Orthodox Cemetery in South Corning, Steuben County, New York

Died 17 July 1997

Corning, Steuben County, New York


Date Contributor Update
28 September 2018 14:41:46 ED-BB Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records
VETARANS Administration BIRLS records

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 12:58:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, suffix, biography, events and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3052, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces