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Harold A Radetsky

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Col. Harold A. Radetsky, USAAF. Most of his World War II years were spent overseas, initially participating as an "A-20" bomber pilot with the first U.S. military unit, 15th Bomb Squadron, to attack occupied Europe from England on July 4, 1942. The squadron was subsequently deployed to North Africa and conducted bombing missions against General Rommel's retreating German forces. Returning to the U.S. in early 1943, he joined a newly formed bomb group which deployed to England in early 1944 for pre and post D-Day combat activity in both A-20 and A-26 attack bombers against German military targets in France and Germany until VE Day. The bomb group was then ordered to the Far East to participate in the invasion of Japan, and was in transit when the war ended.

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  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

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    The 15th Bomb Squadron was the first US bomb unit sent to UK. Flying personnel arrived at Newport without aircraft on 13 May 1942. ...

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Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 14:40:38 MikeThomas Changes to awards
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Most of his World War II years were spent overseas, initially participating as an "A-20" bomber pilot with the first U.S. military unit, 15th Bomb Squadron, to attack occupied Europe from England on July 4, 1942. The squadron was subsequently deployed to North Africa and conducted bombing missions against General Rommel's retreating German forces. Returning to the U.S. in early 1943, he joined a newly formed bomb group which deployed to England in early 1944 for pre and post D-Day combat activity in both A-20 and A-26 attack bombers against German military targets in France and Germany until VE Day. The bomb group was then ordered to the Far East to participate in the invasion of Japan, and was in transit when the war ended.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 14:38:42 MikeThomas Changes to highest rank, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Source is personal knowledge of Col. Harold A. Radetsky ("Hal) and his obituary in the Fort Worth, Star-Telegram on May, 30,2014.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 14:20:47 MikeThomas Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, role and biography
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Most of his World War II years were spent overseas, initially participating as an "A-20" bomber pilot with the first U.S. military unit, 15th Bomb Squadron, to attack occupied Europe from England on July 4, 1942. The squadron was subsequently deployed to North Africa and conducted bombing missions against General Rommel's retreating German forces. Returning to the U.S. in early 1943, he joined a newly formed bomb group which deployed to England in early 1944 for pre and post D-Day combat activity in both A-20 and A-26 attack bombers against German military targets in France and Germany until VE Day. The bomb group was then ordered to the Far East to participate in the invasion of Japan, and was in transit when the war ended.

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