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S/Sgt. Alexander Jerry Krajnik

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S/Sgt. Alexander Jerry Krajnik Veteran

Birth
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death
2 Apr 1944 (aged 22)
Burial
Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium Add to Map
Plot
Section A ~ Row 34 ~ Grave 52
Memorial ID
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Alexander served as a Staff Sergeant & Left Waist Gunner on B-24J #42-64374, 759th Bomber Squadron, 459th 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 December 18, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-64374 took off from Giulia Field, Italy on a bombing mission to a Ball Bearing Factory in Steyr, Germany. After a successful bombing run over the target they were attacked by German Aircraft, shot down, and crashed in Germany during the war.

Alexander was "Killed In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32673267

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Airmen who perished from B-24J #42-64374:

Follender, Seymour B ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Krajnik, Alexander J ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, NY
Peterson, Oscar B ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, IN
Terrano, Angelo G ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, OH
Vanacore, Julius A ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY

S/Sgt. Peterson, S/Sgt. Terrano, and 2nd Lt. Vanacore all three died of wounds while POW's of the German Army. The rest of the crew also became POW's and survived the war.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Alexander served as a Staff Sergeant & Left Waist Gunner on B-24J #42-64374, 759th Bomber Squadron, 459th 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 December 18, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-64374 took off from Giulia Field, Italy on a bombing mission to a Ball Bearing Factory in Steyr, Germany. After a successful bombing run over the target they were attacked by German Aircraft, shot down, and crashed in Germany during the war.

Alexander was "Killed In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32673267

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished from B-24J #42-64374:

Follender, Seymour B ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Krajnik, Alexander J ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, NY
Peterson, Oscar B ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, IN
Terrano, Angelo G ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, OH
Vanacore, Julius A ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY

S/Sgt. Peterson, S/Sgt. Terrano, and 2nd Lt. Vanacore all three died of wounds while POW's of the German Army. The rest of the crew also became POW's and survived the war.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: Aug 7, 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359228/alexander_jerry-krajnik: accessed ), memorial page for S/Sgt. Alexander Jerry Krajnik (18 Feb 1922–2 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56359228, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736).