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PVT Frank A Bonczar

PVT Frank A Bonczar

New York, USA
Death 5 Jul 1945 (aged 23–24)
At Sea
Burial Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
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Memorial ID 56351931 · View Source
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Husband of Alice M. Bonczar who resided in Buffalo, New York.

Frank served as a Private, 862nd Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on September 14, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of paper goods and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married sometime after his enlistment.

Frank was a Passenger on B-17G #42-32087.

B-17G #42-32087 was on the way back to the United States with it's crew and also some passengers near the war's ending from Europe.

Typically when a B-17 was returning to the United States, when no longer needed for the war effort, they took members of their ground crew back with them. That is possibly what was happening on this flight.

They had just stopped at the Azores for refueling, and shortly after takeoff, the plane caught fire. The last radio contact reported that #3 engine had cut out, and, after trying to return, the plane was losing altitude. The B-17 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Frank was declared "Missing In Action" on this flight during the war.

Service # 32478433

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #42-32087:

Autenreith, Herbert D ~ S/Sgt, Passenger, IA
Baker, John W ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Bonczar, Frank A ~ Pvt, Passenger, NY
Brubaker, Robert B ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, CA
Digman, Harold H ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OR
Granholm, Harold F ~ Sgt, Passenger, NY
Green, James W ~ Corp, Passenger, MS
Guest, Joseph P ~ T/Sgt, Passenger, PA
Janney, Leonard H ~ S/Sgt, Passenger, IL
Michalowski, Edward J ~ S/Sgt, Passenger, NY
Pentney, John L ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, OR
Radzevich, Benny J ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Starr, James R ~ Sgt, Gunner, MA
Taylor, Charles A, Jr ~ Sgt, Passenger, MS
Zellers, Kenneth E ~ M/Sgt, Passenger, PA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56351931
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Frank A Bonczar (1921–5 Jul 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56351931, citing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .