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Pius Gregory Kuntz

Military

Pius, son of Jacob Kuntz and Theresia Mastel, was born in Napoleon North Dakota in 1920. After high school he attended North Dakota State College for a year until he had an opportunity to work as a machinist in Los Angeles, California.

In California, he met 19-year-old Virginia Jaycox and in 1941 they eloped to Las Vegas. They lived in Van Nuys California near an airbase where Pius began flying. Pius loved flying and in July 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and accepted as an Aviation Cadet in 1943.

2nd Lieutenant Pius G Kuntz was soon flying combat missions over German skies in WWII. Pius was part of the 9th Air Force, 367th Fighter Group, nicknamed The "Dynamite Gang", 392th Fighter Squadron in Belgium and later in Clastres Airfield in France. The Fighter Squadron, codenamed "Nobhole", was led by group commander Edwin S. Chickering and the 392nd made quite a record. Pius flew over 45 successful sorties and was shot down twice. The second time was fatal.

On 25 March 1945, flying a P-47D Thunderbolt fighter, Pius was on a dive bombing mission, the target was in Aschaffenburg. He was shot down near Dettingen, Germany by enemy flak. He was only 24 years old when he was killed in action serving our country.

Pius was a true hero.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-26294

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 42-26294 404th FS, 371st FG, 9th AF USAAF. Crashed on landing and collided with P-47D 42-28426 pilot 2nd Lt William R Myles. Voisins A-58. 9-9-44.

  • 42-104075 'Droop Snoot'

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot' * configuration and retained by Operational Engineering. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Napoleon, ND 58561, USA 1920
Lived in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1942
Died 25 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2018 10:12:30 Lucy May Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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Added events from existing info in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 05:16:28 Fred Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Information was shared by Geri Mastel, Marjorie Jaycox Seltmann, Denise Yanega, members of the 367th fighter group, and the USAAF mission report.

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 05:03:03 Fred Changes to media associations
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80209796

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 05:00:15 Fred Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role and biography
Sources

Information was shared by Geri Mastel, Marjorie Jaycox Seltmann, Denise Yanega, members of the 367th fighter group, and the USAAF mission report

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