2LT Victor J Petek, Jr

2LT Victor J Petek, Jr

Death 10 Feb 1945 (aged 27)
Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 178256872 · View Source
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Victor J. Petek, Jr., Navigator on B-29 Superfortress "Jook" Girl, which crashed on takeoff from the island of Tinian, February 10, 1945. All 11 crew members were killed instantly when the plane, fully fueled and loaded with bombs, exploded.

His parents immigrated to the US from Yugoslavia. Victor was born in Wisconsin in 1917, flying in WWII with the 483rd BS, 505th BG.

Victor's remains were returned to Wisconsin in December, 1948, and he was buried in January, 1949. He resides next to his parents, Caroline and Victor, Sr.

Other men lost as a result of the B-29 crash:

1st Lt. Edward J. Quay O-668636 (A/C) (Michigan) KIA
2nd Lt. John F. Lake O-825910 (P) (Michigan) KIA
1st Lt. Richard W. Mozack O-1101972 (B) (Illinois) KIA
2nd Lt. Franklin I. Peck O-868828 (FE) (Nevada) KIA
S/Sgt. Salvatore Valela 32417801 (Radio) (New York) KIA
Sgt. Don S. Loyd 38387458 (Radar) (Louisiana) KIA
Sgt Paul A. Hughes 18159901 (CFC) (Oklahoma) KIA
Sgt Robert w. LaPorte 13141708 (LGB) (Maryland) KIA
Sgt Jack R. Kemper 13187797 (RGB) (Pennsylvanian) KIA
Sgt John Krivonak 33762283 (TG) (Pennsylvanian) KIA

Pvt Roscoe F. Baker 33762283, 534th Air Engineering Squadron, 77th Air Service Group (South Carolina) (ground bystander) KNB


Family Members

Gravesite Details Entombed in Mausoleum, Crypt 3-C, Corridor BB, Sec. 3

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  • Created by: James Brown
  • Added: 9 Apr 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 178256872
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Victor J Petek, Jr (25 Aug 1917–10 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 178256872, citing Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by James Brown (contributor 47156479) .