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Andrew Alfred Kowalski

Military

Hit by flak on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle'. A/C returned to England but crashed upon landing at Wingham, Kent. MACR 8714

Crash landed at RAF Lympne, Kent on return from target Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-24H 41-29231 'Impatient Virgin'. RTD.

Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3849

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Keith Cookus

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Pilot on Agathe d' Aliermont V1 site mission in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle' 21-Jan-44; RTD. MACR 8174. ...

  • Robert Stamos

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 4 October 1943, B-24 #42-72873 "Raggedy Ann II" was attacked head on by enemy fighters. Badly damaged, the plane begin to spin down and when Stamos gave the order to bail out, Navigator John A. Must and Bombardier Donald G. Campbell jumped out and...

  • George Thom

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, remained with A/C as crew baled out, following them at extreme low level. Seemingly he...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-72873 Raggedy Ann II, Star Spangled Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    A) On 4 October 1943, B-24D Serial #42-72873 of 44th Bomb Group, 67th Bomb Squadron was flying a Diversion over the North Sea, feigning attacks toward Wilhelmshaven and Emden. The purpose was to draw German fighters from the B-17 formations on their...

  • 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44; Shot down by fighters, crew baled out at low level. 10 x POW. MACR 3849 ...

  • 42-99970 'Liberty Belle'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, France on 21-Jan-44. Flak hit in bomb bay, nose turret, ball turret, starboard wing and taking out #1 & 2 engines leaving #3 on fire. 3 x crew baled out over...

  • 41-29231 The Impatient Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    Transferred to 389th Bomb Group, then to 448th Bomb Group, 714th Bomb Squadron. On 25 Feb 1944, B-24H #41-29231 'Impatient Virgin' crash landed at RAF Lympne, Kent on return from target Furth, GR.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pottstown, PA 22 June 1915

Son of Vincent Kowalski.

Enlisted New Cumberland, PA 7 April 1942
Based Shipdham 1944 – 8 April 1944

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Belly Landing RTD Wingham, Kent 21 January 1944

Belly Landing in B-24J 42-99970 'Liberty Belle'. RTD

Crash landed RTD RAF Lympne, Kent 25 February 1944

Crash landed at RAF Lympne, Kent in B-24H 41-29231 'Impatient Virgin'. RTD

Baled out POW Hanover, Germany 8 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Brunswick mission 8-Apr-44 in B-24 42-7767 'Shack Rabbit'; Shot down by fighters, baled out at low level. POW. MACR 3849

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 8 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Died July 1975

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 10:44:01 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and awards
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29627742
https://www.fold3.com/image/28698055
https://www.fold3.com/image/544693454
https://www.fold3.com/record/21112091-andrew-kowalski
https://www.fold3.com/record/86858907-andrew-a-kowalski
We Were Eagles Volume Two: The Eighth Air Force at War December 1943 to May 1944 By Martin W. Bowman

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 01:42:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 16:43:23 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29627742
https://www.fold3.com/image/28698055
https://www.fold3.com/image/544693454
https://www.fold3.com/record/21112091-andrew-kowalski
https://www.fold3.com/record/86858907-andrew-a-kowalski
We Were Eagles Volume Two: The Eighth Air Force at War December 1943 to May 1944 By Martin W. Bowman

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 13:44:47 Lucy May Changes to service number, role and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate entry. Source:
MACR 5149 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=84065

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 14:35:13 ED-BB Changes to suffix
Sources

DUPLICATE entry with various data

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF Losses, MACR 8714 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3849 / MACR 3849, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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