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Thomas John Mikulka

Military

Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30423. Evaded (EVD). See the story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fmikulktj.html

Service

People

  • John Alexander

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Bangs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Emmett Bell

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Milo Blakely

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Evaded (EVD). See the story of his evasion on his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fblakelme.html

  • John Booth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Caylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Wounded, captured, died of wounds on 9 February 1944. Died Of Wounds (DOW).

  • Lawrence Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Initially evaded, helped by Belgian citizens and members of the Comète evasion network. Arrested through denounciation on 28 March 1944. Prisoner...

  • Jay Joyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Kyler

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30423

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/43; Gore 31/5/43; Rapid City 16/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Alconbury 7/8/43; 326BS [JW-P]. Missing in Action Frankfurt 4 February 1944 with Pilot Lawrence H. Cook (initially evaded; arrested later); Co-pilot...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lansford, Arbon County, Pennsylvania 9 December 1923
Lived in 1942

Lansford, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 22 May 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Evaded capture (EVD) 4 February 1944 – 4 September 1944

Helped by Belgian citizens and members of the Comète evasion network, stayed hidden until the liberation of Brussels

Buried 2008

Thomas Mikulka rests at the Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA

Died 12 March 2008

Chanute, Kansas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2020 13:32:08 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2237
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1890
Research for his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fmikulktj.html

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2018 12:05:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 2237;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2018 13:32:22 Emily Changes to surname
Sources

Changed spelling of surname based on information provided by Debra Mikulka

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2014 03:27:07 Candy Kyler Brown Changes to media associations
Sources

My Father, John Kyler's Crew Photo.
B-17 photo, crashed in Koersel, Belgium/photo from Author-Historian Jean Dillen

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2014 03:23:12 Candy Kyler Brown Changes to media associations
Sources

Dad, John Kyler's, Crew Photo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2237, 8th AF Losses

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