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Victor S Doroski

Military

Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 x missions as a co-pilot. KIA 8 February 1945. While flying a Joker night-photo mission, he and his navigator Capt. Jacob Hochman were killed. A photo flash bomb failed to release and ignited in the bomb bay, destroying the aircraft. He was the first to pilot an OSS 'Joan Eleanor' mission. He piloted at least 3 OSS missions before going MIA on the 8 February 1945 mission.

Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Jacob Hochman

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Joker Mission (nighttime photo recon) to Hamburg in Mosquito NS583; A/C and crew lost after photo flash bomb ignited in bomb bay 8-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12161 ...

  • William Miskho

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 653BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 1-Mar-45 he was on a successful low-level flight to Berlin to parachute two OSS agents. The mission was flown on a moonlit night at fence-top level all the way. The zigzag course, followed rivers and other...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • NS583

    Mosquito
    Assigned to 654th BS, 25th BG, 8th AF. On 8 February 1945, two Joker night-photo ships were dispatched by the 25th BG to photograph Misburg and Hamburg. The Deurog Synthetic Oil Refinery at Misburg had 10/10ths clouds so Hanover was photographed as a...

  • NS707

    Mosquito
    Assigned to 856BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Approach accident - RAF Winchfield, Hampshire, 25/4/45 - Lt Richard Greene (Nav) KIA, Lt James G. Kuntz (pilot) RTD.

  • NS676

    Mosquito
    Sold for scrap 07/08/47.

Associated Place

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Calverton, Suffolk County, New York, United States 23 March 1922

the son of Polish-born John B. Doroski and his wife Eva

Enlisted June 1940

in the Air Corps

Flight training Chanute Field, IL 1943

Primary pilot training. Chanute Field, Illinois.

Flight training Luke Field Pheonix, AZ June 1943

Advanced pilot training. Luke Field Pheonix, Arizona. Commissioned 2nd Lt.

Based Watton 1944 – 8 February 1945

Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Detmold, Germany 8 February 1945

On 8 February 1945, two Joker night-photo ships were dispatched by the 25th BG to photograph Misburg and Hamburg. The Deurog Synthetic Oil Refinery at Misburg had 10/10ths clouds so Hannover was photographed as a target of opportunity by the first Mosquito. The second aircraft conveyed Capts. Doroski/Hochman (NS583). Both men were airborne at 01:58 hours and last contact with the crew occurred at 02:55 by the continental ground station Nuthouse. When the crew failed to return, Watton contacted 12 Group but the RAF maintained no plots on this aircraft. A search conducted in the area covered by the Mosquito resulted in no trace of either plane or crew.
Later, a Luftwaffe report delivered through the International Red Cross stated: A Mosquito crashed near Oberschönhagen, 6 km east of Detmold. Fire destroyed 99% of the aircraft. Hochman and an unknown body (probably that of Captain Doroski) were buried in a cemetery at Leistrup-Meiersfeld, near Detmold, on February 9, 1945.
Crew:
Capt Victor S. Doroski (pilot) USAAF - killed
Capt Jacob Hochman (nav.) USAAF - killed

Buried Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2020 21:14:34 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56280726/victor-s-doroski

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 22:06:44 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 02:36:14 Wattonman Changes to biography
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Schiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 01:24:23 Wattonman Changes to biography
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Shiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 01:19:55 Wattonman Changes to biography
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Shiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2017 13:40:56 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

ABMC website
MACR 12161

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 15:38:34 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://aviation-safety.net

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 15:36:27 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://aviation-safety.net

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 15, 30, 177 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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