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Lieut Joseph Jirik, Jr
Birth: Mar. 29, 1917
Bear Lake
Manistee County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 1944
Wolfenbuttel
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany

His name is inscribed on page 214 of the Roll of Honour maintained at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. See Images.

Second Lieutenant
Service # O-761234
748th Bomber Squadron
457th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service from Illinois

Plane s/n 43-37834
Target: Magdeberg Germany
Mission No. 128
Pilot: Lt Fred J Lockwald
CP: Joe
Navigator: Lt James B. Rawls Jr.
Bombardier: Lt Seymour F. Salganick
Aircraft Engineer: Sgt Carlton J Killgo

Radio Op: Sgt Harry I Jacobson* KIA
Right Waist Gun: Sgt Drew L Sheffield
LWG: Sgt John Wranesh [bajo98@comcast.net]
Tail G: Sgt Everett A. Hahannah, Jr.

"The attack against Magdeburg by the 457th saw 36 planes leaving Glatton at 0715 hours. Their target was the sprawling complex of the Krupp Works in that city, which employed more than 35,000 workers and was a prime producer of Mark IV tanks and anti-aircraft guns.

"The Group passed the Belgian coast at 0954 hours and by 1146 hours they were at a point northeast of the city of Magdeburg and near their IP. At this point the Luftwaffe fighter force struck with fury. Between 40 and 50 Me 109s and FW 190s pounced on the bombers from an angle of attack varying from 4 o'clock to 9 o'clock low and directed their fire against the sections of the Fortresses. Most of the fighters kept boring in to within 100 to 200 yards before breaking off their attacks. Within minutes six bombers were knocked from the formation, Lt Harold Gay (43-37518), Lt Fred Lockwood (43-37834), Lt Bob Ellsworth (42-97470), Lt Chuck Schultz (43-38026), Lt K.C. Clark (42-102948) and Lt Al Sikkenga (43-38181). Sikkenga, another of the original 457th pilots, was generally acknowledged as the best formation flying pilot in the Group. The loss of the highly popular pilot was a keen blow.

"The fierce attack lasted approximately 12 minutes but did not deter the bombers. The formation flew doggedly toward the target and successfully dropped their bombs. Despite the loss of the six crews, it had not been a one-sided affair. Gunners on the returning aircraft claimed a new record high of 14 enemy kills, 4 probables and 2 damaged."

From: "The Fireball Outfit: The 457th Bombardment Group in the Skies Over Europe" (page 38)
by Ken Blakebrough (Mission Viejo, California)

Fait Accompli James L. Bass
 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Jirik (1873 - 1947)
  Anna Heinz Jirik (1876 - 1936)
 
 Spouse:
  Lorna Beryl Smith Rich (1921 - 2007)
 
Inscription:
JOSEPH JIRIK
2LT 748 BOMB SQ 457 BOMB GP (H)
ILLINOIS SEPT 28 1944
 
Burial:
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Margraten
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
Limburg, Netherlands
Plot: Plot E Row 12 Grave 25
 
Maintained by: Stevan Rich
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56300190
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For you, Joe, on behalf of the USAF.
- Stevan Rich
 Added: May. 26, 2014
You know, Joe, that the USAAF grew up and flew away from the Army nest. But I think you and your family will take comfort in the fact that Lorna's kid grew up to be an Army guy. That kid honors you this Memorial Day.
- Stevan Rich
 Added: May. 27, 2013

- Deborah (Baxter) Fink
 Added: Nov. 24, 2012
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