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2LT Joseph P Lechowski
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Birth: Oct. 30, 1922
Death: Mar. 6, 1944
Schoonebeek
Emmen Municipality
Drenthe, Netherlands

Joseph served as a Second Lieutenant & Tail Gunner on B-17G #42-40054, 561st Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Lackawanna County, Pennsylania prior to the war.

Joseph was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was struck by B-17G #42-37886, which had been badly damaged by German aircraft, which caused them both to crash near Schoonberkerveld, southeast of Emmen, Holland (Netherlands) during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-536874

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #42-40054:

Blatz, John B ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MO ~ DOW
DuPrey, John W ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MN
Job, George C, Jr ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, NY
Lechowski, Joseph P ~ 2nd Lt, Tail Gunner, PA
Pfanner, Edwin W ~ S/Sgt, Observer, NJ
Reed, Walter S ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, AR

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Airmen who survived from B-17G #42-40054:

Brown, Paul Eugene ~ Capt, Pilot, POW
Gill, Roland Turner ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, RTD
Joyce, Roy Ellsworth ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, POW
Marcario, William Angelo ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, RTD
Moyer, Elbert Paul ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, POW

RTD = Evaded capture & "Returned To Duty"

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For airmen who perished on B-17G #42-37886 see:

Sweeney, Robert M ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, MD

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Jeff Hall for submitting this record for bio updates!

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Burial:
Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery
Dickson City
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Apr 22, 2012
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2LT Joseph P Lechowski
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2LT Joseph P Lechowski
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2LT Joseph P Lechowski
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- Russ Pickett
 Added: Oct. 17, 2016
Pennsylvania
- Russ Pickett
 Added: Oct. 16, 2016
Thank you Joseph for your service and courage
- tombstonegal
 Added: May. 19, 2013
 
 
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