Waskowitz was a football star at the University of Washington. He was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and was badly burned during the attack.
Waskowitz served with the 13th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. He was the pilot of B-17E #41-2616, nicknamed 'the Blue Goose'. They were on a bombing mission near Bougainville New Guinea when the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The bomber's wing tore off and the plane crashed into the sea, killing all aboard.
He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. Because his body was not recovered, his name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing.
1 LT - 98 BOMB SQ 11 BOMB GP (H) - ILL
Entered the service from Illinois.
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