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SSgt George A Bilohlavek

SSgt George A Bilohlavek

Birth
New York, USA
Death 7 May 1944 (aged 27–28)
Germany
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot Plot B Row 35 Grave 3
Memorial ID 56357137 · View Source
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Husband of Isabel Bilohlavek who resided in Webster, New York.

George served as a Staff Sergeant and Radio Operator on B-17G "Blues In The Night" #42-37791, 526th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 296 Hazelwood Terr., Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 14, 1943 in Rochester, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist and also as being married.

George was "Killed In Action" over Germany during the war.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 32675181

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Crew Report:

The crew of ten took off 7 May 1944 in B-17G #42-37791 ‘Blues in the Night' from Kimbolton, England on an operational mission to the target of a railroad junction at Berlin, Germany.

It was lost due to enemy anti-aircraft fire with flak attack.

Soon after takeoff, the ship experienced engine trouble with the number one engine. Later, flak hit possibly the number two engine. The plane lagged behind the formation, however, they regained their position. Upon attempting to climb in altitude as per the flight plan and drop the bombs, it became clear that the engine trouble continued and they needed to drop their bombs to lighten the load.

Subsequently the Pilot informed the crew to prepare for either a crash landing or a quick bail-out. As the plane went out of control before the planned bailout, there was a blinding flash of fire. The plane crashed approximately 1 km west of Wittenburg, Germany.

Nine men were killed in action and there was one survivor, Lt Thomas P Morrison, who was captured and taken as a POW. Lt Morrison tells the story of what occurred in his briefing upon being evacuated to the United States after the war. The crew members were:

Bilohlavek, George A ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Chamberlain, James C ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, TX
French, Walter A ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, KS
Killingsworth, Dan L ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, TX
Scase, Robert C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Smith, Thomas M ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, MO
Woznakiewicz, Leon M ~ Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, MA
Zambie, Francis A ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, AR

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

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56357137
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt George A Bilohlavek (1916–7 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56357137, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .