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S/SGT  August J. KOCIOLEK

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

Sgt. August Kociolek, Class 44-12, Flexible Gunnery School, Kingman Army Air Field, Ariz. (1944 yearbook, pg 79) - later Waist Gunner with the John H. Williams Crew, 349th BS, 100th BG (H).  Photo courtesy of Chip Culpepper.

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 4 APR 45 NURNBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

 LT JOHN H. WILLIAMS  P CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
 LT ARTHUR G. LARSEN, JR. CP KIA 31 MAR 45 ZEITZ, OIL REFINERY
 LT JACK E. WILD   NAV CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
 LT  JOSEPH J. ORENDORF  BOM CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
SGT DON O.R. SELLWOOD  TTE CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
SGT STEPHEN J. MAJCHRZAK ROG CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
SGT WILLARD P. BOSTROM  BTG KIA 31 MAR 45 ZEITZ, OIL REFINERY
SGT AUGUST J. KOCIOLEK  WG CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
SGT JOHN J. OBUCHOWSKI  WG CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG
SGT GEORGE E. SLAWIK  TG CPT 5 APR 45 NURNBURG

349th Sqdn.  This crew, as above joined the 100th Group on 23 Aug 44. Flew nine missions as a "regular" crew and 20 missions as a Pathfinder Crew.  When named a PFF crew (4 Dec 44), Art Larsen & Will Bostrom were removed form the crew, Larsen to take over his own crew and since the BTG was not carried on the PFF aircraft Bostrom went with Larsen. Both were KIA the last day of March 1945 at Zeitz.

Crew left the U.S. from Camp Kilmer, N.J. aboard the S.S. Brazil & ten days later docked in Liverpool, Eng. Returing to states, left South Hampton, Eng on V.E. Day, aboard the USS Kingfisher bound for Boston.

MISSION LOG FOLLOWS
03 OCT 44 NURNBURG
09 OCT 44 MAINZ
12 OCT 44 BREMEN
15 OCT 44 COLOGNE
17 OCT 44 COLOGNE
18 OCT 44 KASSEL
19 OCT 44 MANNHEIM
30 OCT 44 MEPPEN
09 NOV 44 SAARBRUCKEN
04 DEC 44 GIESSEN  HIGH SQDN LEAD
29 DEC 44 FRANKFURT  CHAFF
30 DEC 44 KASSEL  LOW SQDN LEAD
05 JAN 45 FRANKFURT  LOW SQDN LEAD
14 JAN 45 DERBEN  LOW SQDN LEAD
20 JAN 45 HEILBRONN  LOW SQDN LEAD
03 FEB 45 BERLIN   DIVISION LEAD
06 FEB 45 CHEMNITZ  HIGH SQDN LEAD
09 FEB 45 WEIMAR  HIGH SQDN LEAD
14 FEB 45 CHEMNITZ  HIGH SQDN LEAD
19 FEB 45  MUNSTER  HIGH SQDN LEAD
20 FEB 45 NURNBURG  GROUP LEAD
22 FEB 45 DONAUESCHINGEN GROUP LEAD
23 FEB 45 ERENCHTLINGEN HIGH SQDN LEAD
28 FEB 45 KASSEL  WING LEAD
15 MAR 45 WITTENBURG  WING LEAD
21 MAR 45 PLAUEN  WING LEAD
30 MAR 45 HAMBURG  WING LEAD
03 APR 45 KIEL   GROUP LEAD
05 APR 45 NURNBURG  WING LEAD

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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PHOTOS:

John H. Williams Crew: Standing from left: John H. Williams, Arthur G. Larsen, Jr. - CP, Jack E. Wild - NAV and Joseph J. Orendorff - BOM: Kneeling: Donald O. R. Sellwood - TTE, Willard P. Bostrom - BTG, George E. Slawik - TG, August J. Kociolek - WG, John J. Obuchowski - WG and Stephen J. Mazchrzak - ROG     Detailed Information   (100th Photo Archives)

 

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