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SSgt Bronislaus C. Pitak

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SSgt Bronislaus C. Pitak

Tail Gunner Asst.Radio Op. S/SGT Bronislaus Pitak KIA DFC
Hometown: New Jersey
566TH Bomb Squadron 389th Bomb Group USAAF
Service # 32394265
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Presidential Unit Citation
1942 - 1944 completed 28 missions OR MORE.
Pilot: Lt Glenn Reese KIA

S/Sgt Pitak was Killed in action April 9 1944.B 24 42-99982 'Might of the 8th " Piloted by Lt Glen Reese while assembling at 7000 feet for mission to Tutow, Mid air collision occurred with a plane from another group during division assembly (392BG ). Pitak was killed along with 9 other crew members. There were 2 survivors from Reese's plane and 2 survivors from the 392nd plane.

Although not an original member of the Vaughan/Reese crew it is most likely that Sergent Pitak flew more then 1 mission with Lt Reese and may have been crewed with Reese at least since Mid December 1943.

Sgt. Pitak was a Veteran of Ploesti Raid "Operation Tidal Wave" flying as waist gunner with Lt. Fravega's crew TDY 98th BG. Coming in at tree top level the 98th bombs the Astra Romana and Unirea Orion oil refinery. 98th earns Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lt Fravaga and crew diverted to Sicily with battle damage.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Jersey.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56293395
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Bronislaus C. Pitak (unknown–9 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56293395, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .