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John C Kosky

Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY ) - August 4, 2007

Deceased Name: KOSKY

John C. Kosky August 1, 2007

John C. Kosky, 88, of Camillus, died Wednesday at home. John, a command navigator with the 8th Air Force based in England during World War II, was shot down on his 27th bombing mission over Germany on July 7, 1944. He was one of three survivors of his crew of 13 aboard a B-24 Liberator bomber. Captured immediately upon landing in his parachute, he was eventually interned at Stalag Luft I, a major prisoner- of-war camp in Northern Germany until liberated in mid- May 1945 by our Allied forces.

John served 10 years in the military and held the rank of captain when he left. He was a two-time Purple Heart recipient. A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Kosky was associated with Pennsylvania and New York firms prior to his retirement as an advertising executive, based in Syracuse.

Mr. Kosky served as commander of the Syracuse Chapter, American Ex-Prisoner of War. He was a member of the Community Affairs Committee, VA Medical Center, Public Affairs Officer Post 1540, American Legion, Camillus, NY , and a lifetime member of the Disabled War Veterans, Coonley- Nojaim MEM 30. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Camillus.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Blanche Rogers, and a son, David A. of Owasco.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated. Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Burial will be in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse, following the Mass.

Contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to W. A.V.E.S., 202 Bennett Rd., Camillus, NY 13031 or to the town of Camillus Police Dept., 4600 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13219.

Navigator Lt John C.Kosky, POW Manitowoc, WI
Squadron: 564th BS 389th Bomb Group
Pilot Capt William P.Bates, KIA Minneapolis, MN

Target:Halle, Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 7-Jul-44
Serial Number: 42-51144
Aircraft Model B-24HSH-25-DT
Aircraft Letter: A
Aircraft Name:
Location: 20 miles N. of Halle
Cause: AA damage led to mid-air collision with 492nd BG B-24 10 KIA, 3 POW
Notes: This aircraft was leading the 453rd BG & 2nd CW when at 0927 it collided head-on with an unidentified B-24 of another group. Both aircraft went down. Three chutes observed.

Five aircraft are lost on a mission to Halle, Germany

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 20822840
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John C Kosky (4 Oct 1918–1 Aug 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20822840, citing Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by af (contributor 47059011) .