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2LT Alfred R Krasnickas

Birth
Connecticut, USA
Death 2 Nov 1943 (aged 20–21)
East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 169373127 · View Source
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Alfred served as a Second Lieutenant & Pilot on B-25D "Miss Ellen" #41-30039, 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

Although this bomber was assigned to the 499th Bomber Squadron, it was on temporary loan to the 500th Bomber Squadron for this mission.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut and was a member of the Connecticut National Guard prior to the war.

His National Guard unit was called into full time active Army service on February 3, 1941, prior to the war, from Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25D #41-30039 took off from Dobodura Airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe Rabaul. While over Rabaul they were hit by an anti-aircraft shell below the bomb bay, causing the phosphorous bombs in the bomb bay to explode, catch fire and smoke. The bomber tried to recover however they crashed & exploded near Malaguna to the west of Rabaul during the war.

Alfred was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the "Silver Star", Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-734241

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30039:

Buffo, John A ~ Sgt, Engineer, IL
Frietas, Francis F ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Guy, Robert L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, VA
Imperato, Edward M ~ Sgt, Gunner, NY
Krasnickas, Alfred R ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, CT

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

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!

Please see www.pacificwrecks.com for more information on this flight.

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 5 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169373127
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Alfred R Krasnickas (1922–2 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169373127, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .