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Stanley Joseph Lejkowski

Military

Stanley Lejkowski was Waist Gunner on B-17G #42-38035 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #43-38273 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) He was the sole survivor of the crash and was cared for in a Belgian hospital before being returned to England.

Service

People

  • Charles Abney

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Charles Abney was Top Turret Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. KIA

  • George Burger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    George Burger was Co-Pilot on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harry Clabaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Harry Clabaugh was Aerial Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • James Hendon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    James Hendon was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Keenan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) - March 1, 1945 in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium of his B-17 Serial 43-38273 with 42-38035 of the same formation. Awards: Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

  • Alexander Rusecky

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Vincent Verderame

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Vincent Verderame was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Thomas Welch

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Thomas Welch was Tail Gunner on B-17G #43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend, Belgium with B-17 #42-38035 (also 550th BS) on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) Crashed near Ostend, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA)

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38035 Mr. Lucky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21 November 1943. Kearney 7 December 1943. Presque Isle 12 December 1943. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Great Ashfield 16 December 1943. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany) with 43-38273. Had its tail cut off...

  • 43-38273 Sugar Jo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15 JUly 1944. Kearney 24 July 1944.Grenier 8 August 1944. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-S] Gt Ashfield 13 August 1944. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany.) 8 killed : Pilot Alexander Rusecky; Co-Pilot George C....

Missions

  • 857

    1 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States 1943
Enlisted Fort Devens, Massachusetts, United States 30 November 1943

as a Private in the Air Corps

survived near Ostend, Belgium 1 March 1945

the crash of 43-38273 involved in a mid-air collision over Ostend with 42-38035 on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany)

Died New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States 9 August 2002
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 11:11:43 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
MACR 16036

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