1LT Frank T “Fritz” Waskowitz


1LT Frank T “Fritz” Waskowitz

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 29 Sep 1942 (aged 27–28)
Bougainville (North Solomons), Papua New Guinea
Memorial Site* Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot Tablets of the Missing, Court 5, USAAF, WWII
Memorial ID 56134818 View Source
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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

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Entered the service from Illinois.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Frank T “Fritz” Waskowitz (1914–29 Sep 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56134818, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .