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Lieut Frank J Tomesek
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Birth: Nov. 21, 1919
Death: Nov. 16, 1949
San Joaquin County
California, USA

1st Lieutenant Tomesek was the co-pilot of U.S. Air Force B-29-70-BW
Superfortress #44-69939. While on a "round robin" training flight from Spokane
Air Force Base, with a mock bombing target to Stockton, California, then onward
to Ogden, Utah, then a return home, tragedy struck at 23:45 hours on the night of
November 16th, 1949. Two in the group of thirteen Superfortresses collided at
26,000 feet above Stockton and plunged to earth in flaming wreckage. Only two
airmen survived by bailing out in
time and parachuted safely to ground. Lt. Tomesek and eight other fliers
perished when the aircraft impacted in 6-10 feet of mud on Rindge Tract Island in the San Joaquin Delta, about 11
miles to the northwest. One crewmember parachuted to safety from the other B-29
(#44-86364) but nine were killed when it impacted on McDonald Island about 2 miles further south of this crashsite.
 
 
Note: Entered the service from Ohio; ____ S/N A0-696610
 
Burial:
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Hillside
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Tim Cook
Record added: Sep 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97728285
Lieut Frank J Tomesek
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92nd Bomb Group, 325th Bomb Squadron
- Tim Cook
 Added: Sep. 24, 2012
 
 
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