Joseph E Novakovits

Joseph E Novakovits

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 Nov 1944 (aged 20)
Negros Occidental Province, Western Visayas, Philippines
Burial Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 88 SITE 4105C
Memorial ID 53153939 · View Source
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Joseph was the Navigator aboard B-24L Liberator #44-41421 with the US 13th Air Force in World War II.

The B-24s departed Noemfoor, Indonesia for a strike mission to Japanese-held airfields on Negros Island, Philippines.

The bombers were intercepted by the Japanese and came under intense cannon fire by the enemy fighter planes.

A photograph of Joseph's B-24 was taken at the exact moment the right wing folded up and the tail section disintegrated under the the barrage of gunfire. Moments later the aircraft plunged into a mountainside at the northern tip of Negros and exploded. All aboard were
killed.

Three days later that photograph appeared in many US newspapers.

Following the war, the wreck site was found and the crew's remains recovered. All ten were interred in a common grave in Virginia on September 27, 1949.

They were:

1st Lt. Walter A Scalese, Pilot, Windber, PA
2nd Lt. Stephen Fuda, Co-Pilot, Stamford, CT
Flt. Off. Joseph E. Novakovits, Navigator, Bethlehem, PA
1st Lt. Paul H Phillips, Bombardier, Logan, WV
TSgt. Chester E Matz, Radio Operator, Wilkes-Barre, PA
TSgt. Charles H Neville, Engineer, Evansville, IN
SSgt. George J Kacoyannakis, Asst. Engineer, Tyrone, NY
SSgt. John T Stough, Asst. Radio Operator, Jeanette, PA
SSgt. Robert L Dyson, Gunner, Dennison, OH
SSgt. Michael P Falcone, Gunner, Bangor, PA

Son of Joseph and Helen Novakovits.


Inscription

FLT O, 371 AAF BOMB SQ, 307 BOMB GP,
WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 2 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53153939
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph E Novakovits (7 Aug 1924–8 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53153939, citing Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .