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Joseph R Medzihrasky

Military

Shortened his last name to "Medzi" after the war.

Service

People

  • Lester Lempert

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Henry Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107154 'Puddles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 10/4/44; 412BS [QW-F]; with G.L.Ferguson force landed RAF Woodbridge 16/8/44; with M.R. Scott force landed Framlingham AFB 24/12/44; 109m, Returned to the USA...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-3095 'Peggy Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26-Jan-43; Pueblo 1-Feb-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 10-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 2-Jul-43; 14m, (force landed Eye AF 22/2/44), transferred SAD 1-Mar-44; 94BG Rougham 25-Jul-43; 25BG Watton 1-Apr-44; 2 BAD 19-Jun-44;...

  • 42-31244

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 25/10/43; Wilmington 1/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-O] Horham 15/11/43; 15m, with F.G. Vansant, ? crew; crash landed Alfington, Sussex, UK. (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged n/battle damaged 9/2/44.

  • 42-31258 'Lucky Strike'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Wilmington 4/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 11/11/43; 36m, Missing in Action Brussels 10/4/44 with Ron Thompson, Co-pilot: Blaine Manahan, Navigator: Everett Enstrom, Waist gunner: Bob...

  • 42-37894 Pegasus IV

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/9/43; Gr Island 23/10/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-L] Horham 11/11/43; with C.E. Cyrik force landed RAF base, all OK 12/5/44; on return from mission, with engine out and other problems (42m) 10/6/44 with Vernon Sherwood, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-38178 'Ten Aces'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 16/1/44/ Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Horham 11/2/44; 45 missions, Missing in Action Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Tony Hamlik, Co-pilot: George Rudloff, Navigator: Hal Smith, Bombardier: Bob Diles, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97290 'Smilin' Sandy Sanchez'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 22/4/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 28/4/44; 23m Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Capt Bill Waltman, Co-pilot: Wayne McCallon, Navigator: Henry...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, OH 2 January 1923
Lived in Cleveland, OH June 1942

2811 Vega Avenue

Enlisted Columbus, OH 13 December 1942

Fort Hays

95th BG Combat Tour Horham 11 December 1943 – 6 June 1944
Wounded In Action Rostock, Germany 26 February 1944

Unspecified wound during mission

Wounded In Action Sarreguemines, France 1 May 1944

Wounded in thigh during mission

Died Parma, OH 28 October 1984
Buried Brook Park, OH 31 October 1984

Holy Cross Cemetery
Brook Park, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sec 35, Lot 3438, Grave 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2020 01:13:26 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1136393
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44030_02_00...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61817&h=1517077...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61817&h=1517077...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/4501

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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