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Henry John Swidergal

Military

Henry Swidergal was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-37852, shot down 18 April 1944 on the mission to Berlin. Prisoner of War (POW). Seems to have died in New York in 1954 (?)

Service

People

  • Delzon Dennison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Matthew Dillard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas McQuade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War. POW/Purple Heart/Air Medal/2 bronze stars

  • Thomas O'Leary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stanley Schaefer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eli Theriault

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Timberlake

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Neil Weeks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Wojciechowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-37852 Grand Old Lady, The Pay Off

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-T] Rougham 9/10/43 as GRAND OLD LADY. Missing in Action Berlin 18 April 1944 with Pilot Matthew L. Dillard, Co-pilot: Eli Theriault, Navigator: Thomas A. McQuade, Bombardier: Thomas...

Missions

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1923

New York, the son of Mathew and Mary Swidergal

Lived in 1940

Niagara Falls, New York

captured 18 April 1944

after the crash of 42-37852, near Friesack, Germany

Prisoner of War (POW) 18 April 1944 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag XVIIB - Barracks 30B in Braunau, Near Krems, Austria. NARA WWII POW records :"Returned to Military Control 31 May 1945."

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2019 11:38:46 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4157
US CENSUS 1940
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4157

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