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Harold Ralph Van Zyl

Military

Assigned to 406BS, 492/801BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Clifton Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 436BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF. Accident on take-off in B-24 42-63781 'Black Magic' on a training flight 3-Jul-44. 8 RTD Awards: DFC, AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • William Elkouri

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Henry Hettinger

    Military | Sergeant | Dispatcher | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 406BS, 492/801BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Udell Olson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 801BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Qualls

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 406BS, 492/801BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Lawrence Rivkin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • John Zsadanyi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Assigned to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post War: Served in the US Navy from 1949 to 1953.

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Units served with

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sanborn, IA 28 January 1918

Son of Bart R Van Zyl.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 27 January 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Based North Pickenham 1944 – June 1944

Assigned to 406BS, 492/801BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 2014
Buried Coral Ridge Cemetery Cape Coral, Lee County, FL 2014

Coral Ridge Cemetery
Cape Coral,
Lee County, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2021 15:56:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/655740920
https://www.fold3.com/image/249215536
https://www.fold3.com/record/84392594/harold-r-vanzyl-wwii-army-enlistme...
http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Van%20Zyl/Van%20Zyl%20Crew.html
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146166678/harold-r-van_zyl

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