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Joseph Michael Sofranko

Military

Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Robert Bennett

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 43-15146

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. 5 x Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712

Associated Place

  • Saltby

    Military site : airfield
    Initially a grass airfield satellite to RAF Cottesmore, Saltby opened in August 1941 as the home of No. 14 OTU, but closed for development in August 1943. When allocated to the Ninth Air Force in February 1944, it had three concrete runways, 33 loop...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Star Junction, PA 2 January 1915

Son of Jacob Sofranko.

Enlisted Greensburg, PA 18 August 1942

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Based Saltby 1944 – 7 June 1944

Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Survived crash landing POW 2 miles NNE Picauville, France 7 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. POW MACR 5712

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 7 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF San Antonio, TX 7 October 1945
Enlisted 30 August 1950

Re-Enlistment Date

Discharged USAF 29 August 1951

Honourable discharge.

Died Uniontown, PA 23 February 2000
Buried Sylvan Heights Cemetery Oliver, Fayette County, PA 25 February 2000

Sylvan Heights Cemetery
Oliver,
Fayette County, PA

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