SSGT John Karbowsky

SSGT John Karbowsky Veteran

Birth
Wolf Run, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Death
26 Sep 1944 (aged 20)
Bremerhaven, Stadt Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany
Burial
Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA GPS-Latitude: 40.0542222, Longitude: -74.9179083
Plot
Section I Site 185
Memorial ID
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Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #4337818.

SSgt. John Karbowsky was a waist gunner on the "Hurry Home" during mission 648, the bombing of Bremerhaven, Germany.

Memorial to the crew of the Hurry Home:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=652971

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel was the radio operator on the B-17G "Hurry Home" 43-37818, 447th Bomb Group, 709th Squadron, as part of a crew of 9 men.

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

MACR reports that 3 men were able to escape this aircraft:

1st Lt. Roman Pajakowski navigator
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak pilot
T/Sgt. Galen E. Miller Jr Top Turret

Pajakowski and Dvorak were taken POWs. T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr's body was recovered and was buried October 3, 1944, at Garrison Cemetery Wesermuende-Geestemuende in Section II, Area G, Row 51, Grave #50.

This was part of mission #648 which originated from Rattlesden as part of the Eighth Air Force 447th Bomb Group, 709th bomb squadron operations in the bombing of Bremen.

The bombing of Bremerhaven resulted in damage to U-Boat #3509 which was being constructed at the Schichau Seebeckwerft facility.

The entire crew of the B-17 "Hurry Home" 43-37818 was as follows:
1Lt Robert Chambers Calef, Jr. Pilot, serial number 0821216
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak Pilot,Maj George James Dvorak serial number 0706042.
1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski Navigator, serial number 0707974 Roman Robert Pajakowski
1Lt Donald Nicholas Fehrenbach , serial number 0756962
TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Radio Operator, serial number 11069263
TSGT Galen E Miller, Jr Top Turret, serial number 33574233
SSgt Frank J Martin Ball Turret, serial number 31139065
SSGT Wayne S Thompson Tail Gunner, serial number 38370670
SSGT John Karbowsky Waist Gunner, serial number 33591618

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel and SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson's bodies were recovered near Cuxhaven, Germany, prior to November 3, 1944. They originally had interment at Brockeswald Cemetery Grave #96 D and #97D.

SSgt. Karbowsky was originally interred at Neuville En Condrez, Liege, France. On August 26, 1949 he was reinterred to the Beverly National Cemetery in New Jersey, Plot I Grave 185.
Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Bremerhaven, Germany, in B-17 "Hurry Home" #4337818.

SSgt. John Karbowsky was a waist gunner on the "Hurry Home" during mission 648, the bombing of Bremerhaven, Germany.

Memorial to the crew of the Hurry Home:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=652971

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel was the radio operator on the B-17G "Hurry Home" 43-37818, 447th Bomb Group, 709th Squadron, as part of a crew of 9 men.

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

MACR reports that 3 men were able to escape this aircraft:

1st Lt. Roman Pajakowski navigator
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak pilot
T/Sgt. Galen E. Miller Jr Top Turret

Pajakowski and Dvorak were taken POWs. T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr's body was recovered and was buried October 3, 1944, at Garrison Cemetery Wesermuende-Geestemuende in Section II, Area G, Row 51, Grave #50.

This was part of mission #648 which originated from Rattlesden as part of the Eighth Air Force 447th Bomb Group, 709th bomb squadron operations in the bombing of Bremen.

The bombing of Bremerhaven resulted in damage to U-Boat #3509 which was being constructed at the Schichau Seebeckwerft facility.

The entire crew of the B-17 "Hurry Home" 43-37818 was as follows:
1Lt Robert Chambers Calef, Jr. Pilot, serial number 0821216
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak Pilot,Maj George James Dvorak serial number 0706042.
1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski Navigator, serial number 0707974 Roman Robert Pajakowski
1Lt Donald Nicholas Fehrenbach , serial number 0756962
TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Radio Operator, serial number 11069263
TSGT Galen E Miller, Jr Top Turret, serial number 33574233
SSgt Frank J Martin Ball Turret, serial number 31139065
SSGT Wayne S Thompson Tail Gunner, serial number 38370670
SSGT John Karbowsky Waist Gunner, serial number 33591618

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel and SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson's bodies were recovered near Cuxhaven, Germany, prior to November 3, 1944. They originally had interment at Brockeswald Cemetery Grave #96 D and #97D.

SSgt. Karbowsky was originally interred at Neuville En Condrez, Liege, France. On August 26, 1949 he was reinterred to the Beverly National Cemetery in New Jersey, Plot I Grave 185.

Inscription

John Karbowsky
Pennsylvania
Staff SGT
447 AAF Bomb Group
World War II
September 7 1924
September 26 1944