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Felix W (Valentine) Kolasinski

Military

Felix Kolasinski was Left Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. He baled out in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. According to US trial Review and Recommendations paper 12-1885 Kolasinski was shot to death shortly after being taken prisoner of war by a Master Sergeant of the German Army. The perpetrator was sentenced to death, reprieved, and paroled in February 1954. Initially buried near the place of his death, his remains were brought back to the United States after the war.

Service

People

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Warren Anderson was Nose Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Allan Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Allan Burns was Radio Operator/Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lambert Koupal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Lambert Koupal was Navigator/Bombardier on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Smietana

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Eugene Smietana was Right Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ralph Squires

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Ralph Squires was Tail Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). He was one of six brothers who all...

  • James Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    James Sullivan was Co-Pilot on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Louie Tillery

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Louie Tillery was Top Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Stanley Vitkavage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    My father, Stanley William Vitkavage, was assigned to the 701st Bombing Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group flying out of Tibenham, England. He was flying a B-24J Liberator (tail number 42-51506) when the aircraft was lost on 27 Feb 1945. There is a MACR ...

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51506

    B-24 Liberator
    Over target area (Halle, Germany), pilot Stanley Vitkavage feathered one engine (mechanical malfunction?). A/C gradually fell back and was last seen over the Koblenz area. Near Freiburg/Breisgau the plane was hit and the crew bailed out. Crashed...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 851

    27 February 1945
    1,107 bombers and 745 fighters are dispatched to hit road and rail communications at Halle and Leipzig using H2X radar

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Toledo, Ohio, USA 15 November 1918

the son of Felix W. and Jennie K. Kolasinski

Lived in 1942

Toledo, Ohio

Enlisted 9 July 1942

Toledo, Ohio

Died 27 February 1945

near Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, after the crash of B-24 42-51506

Buried 28 February 1945

initially buried at the Friedhof Ebnet, a community cemetery in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Buried

his remains were brought back to the US, where he rests at the Calvary Cemery in Toledo, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2019 14:54:34 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 12778
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2018 00:06:15 Kauko56 Changes to biography
Sources

R&R paper 12-1885, Yavnai PhDiss "Military Justice"

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic, MACR 12778, 2AD Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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