Col Stanley Joseph Obarski

Col Stanley Joseph Obarski

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 26 Mar 2002 (aged 79)
Florida, USA
Burial Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Plot Cremation Garden
Memorial ID 76020621 · View Source
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34th BG, 391st B Sq

B-24E #42-7099 lost oil pressure on the #1 engine upon takeoff from Blythe Army Air Base, California 24 July 1943. Pilot Obarski attempted to feather engine #1, however, it failed to feather, so an attempt to circle and return to base was initiated. The ship was unable to maintain altitude with low oil pressure. A crash landing ensued, however, the right wing stalled about 25 feet above the ground, and caused the aircraft to crash and burn. Ground crews, including MSgt Lewis D ‘Lew' Funk, Chief Photo Lab Tech for the 34th Bomb Group, rushed to the scene of the crash in an attempt to rescue the crew and pull them from the burning wreckage. Several crew members were removed from the aircraft, and several received severe burns and injuries. MSgt Funk was jolted during the rescue efforts, when one of the 500-lb bombs that were on board the aircraft exploded, and he experienced a loss of hearing for the remainder of his career and life. The crew members were~

2nd Lt Stanley J Obarski, Pilot, ASN O-729889
2nd Lt Victor J Swenson, CoPilot, ASN O-806011
2nd Lt Erwin W Smith, Jr, Navigator, ASN O-683876
2nd Lt John H Connor, Bombardier, ASN O-676358
Sgt Jesse C Young, Flight Engineer, ASN 35369124
Sgt Tyra Thornell, Radio Operator, ASN 38282980
Sgt Joseph H Graves, Jr, Asst Radio Operator, ASN 33354899
Sgt Guy Lee, Asst Flight Engineer, ASN 34385470
SSgt Howard G Ely, Gunner, ASN 36527848
Sgt Joseph C Hinebaugh, Tail Gunner, ASN 37731524
PFC Richard J Wolf, Passenger, ASN 33496219



Stanley Obarski, Former Mccoy Base Commander
March 28, 2002
By Martin E. Comas, Sentinel Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel

Stanley J. Obarski loved the Air Force, because it gave him a chance to serve his country in two wars and an opportunity to fly, one of his great passions.

The retired Air Force colonel and a former base commander at McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando died Tuesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The Melbourne resident was 79.
"He loved his country. But he was very modest. Every time he saw a parade, he stood there proudly, quietly saluting the flag," his wife, Alice Obarski, said. They were married for 53 years.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Obarski was a 19-year-old, fresh out of high school, when he signed up for the Royal Canadian Air Force because he wanted to learn how to fly. At the time, the Canadian Air Force was training Americans, said his daughter, Susan Stewart.

About a year later, the United States joined World War II, and he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and flew in more than 45 missions in B-24 bomber planes across Europe.

After the war, he attended Hofstra College in Hempstead, N.Y., before re-enlisting in the Air Force. He then served at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Obarski also served in bases around the country as well as in Puerto Rico and Spain. He also served for a year as a base commander in Vietnam, his wife said.

In 1969, he moved to Orlando to become base commander at McCoy Air Force Base. He retired in 1972.

He moved to Melbourne about three years ago.

Survivors also include son, Thomas, Melbourne; daughters, Carol Code, Oviedo, Julia Simpson, Virginia; sister, Eleanor Ward, New Jersey; eight grandchildren.

Florida Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, Rockledge, is in charge of arrangements.


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