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Corp Joseph Andrew Plaschak
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Birth: Nov. 14, 1898
Death: May 30, 1944, Italy

Birth in Trenchin, CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Died Bali,Italy

Id#: 0279427
Name: Plaschak, Corp, Joseph
Date: Jul 10 1944
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #064.
Notes: Plaschak : Corp, Joseph, age 45, son of Andrew Plaschak, brother of Andrew, jr., Mrs. John Valentovic and Mrs. Leonard Blegacki; killed in action in Italy May 30. Memorial services at Nativity B. V. M. Church Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30 a. m.

Id#: 0279428
Name: Plaschak, Corp, Joseph A.
Date: Nov 26 1948
Source: Plain Dealer; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #064.
Notes: Plaschak , Corp, Joseph A., in Barl, Italy, May 30, 1944; beloved son of Andrew and the late Anna, brother of Andrew. Margaret Biegacki and Celia Valentovic; residence 10330 Way Ave. Friends may call after 3 p. m. Friday at Frank J. Marek & Sons. Inc. Funeral Home, 3856 E. 131st. Services at Nativity B. V. M. Church Aetna Rd., Saturday, Nov. 27 at 11 a. m. Military services by Post 5801, Union-E. 93, V. F. W.

Joseph Andrew Plaschak was an airplane mechanic. To boost morale of the troops stationed in Bali, Italy, Joseph flew with several other men in a flyby over the airfield. The aircraft had trouble and crashed into the ocean. All aboard died in the crash.

Joseph was a Corporal in the Us Army Air Cor. in World War II stationed in Tunis Africa as a C 47 airplane mechanic. On May 30, 1944 he and other soldiers and other planes flew in V formation over Italy to boost the morale of our soldiers fighting in Italy. Two of the planes from the formation collided in mid air and fell in the Adriatic Sea off of the coast of Bari, Italy. Nineteen soldiers died in that accident. A Catholic priest said he blessed the waters soon after the accident. He was buried in Italy and in 1947 the bodies buried there were going to be moved. My mother asked that his body be sent home. My mother was his sister Margaret plascak Biegacki. She was taking care of their father who she lived with and he didn't know good English. We weren't allowed to open the casket or traveling container which was sealed so we think we have his body buried in the soldier's plot in Calvary Cemetary on Miles Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio 
Family links: 
  Andrew Stephen Plascak (1877 - 1959)
  Anna Valerie Hreno Plascak (1877 - 1927)
  Joseph Andrew Plaschak (1898 - 1944)
  Andrew J Plascak (1907 - 1993)*
  Stive Plascak (1909 - 1909)*
  Margaret Mary Plascak Biegacki (1911 - 1983)*
  Eva Plascak (1913 - 1913)*
  Cecilia Plascak Valentovic (1915 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Soldiers Plot
Created by: RMH
Record added: Jul 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73945460
Corp Joseph Andrew Plaschak
Added by: RMH
Corp Joseph Andrew Plaschak
Added by: RMH
Corp Joseph Andrew Plaschak
Added by: RMH
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Killed in the Mid-Air Collision of C-47; serial#: 41-18356 with C-47; serial#: 41-18346, in an AUTHORIZED Aircraft exercise during a Memorial Day Program, North Bari Beach, Italy
- Patti Johnson
 Added: Jun. 28, 2015
Corp. Joseph Plaschak sacrificed his life in Italy at age 45m during WWI serving in the US Air Force.
- Mary K. Ward
 Added: Jan. 17, 2015

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