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SGT Robert James Janecek

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SGT Robert James Janecek Veteran

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death
19 Feb 1945 (aged 22)
Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial
Highland Hills, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 3 Lot 3 Tier 29 Grave 21
Memorial ID
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Sergeant Janecek was the Left Gunner aboard U.S. Army Air Corps B-29-45-BW Superfortress #42-24692. While on a mission to strike targets in Tokyo, Japan, the bomber was rammed by enemy Ki-45 fighter interceptor. As the element was approaching the target at about 25,000 feet elevation, ship #692 (Z Square 12), which was the rear and furthest right in the formation. The twin-engine plane dove down out of the clouds and collided with the B-29 on top, then ricocheted off and disintegrated. The Superfortress broke in two and spiraled down. Sergeant Janecek and another crewmember bailed out and were captured. Janecek would die in an Army hospital (on what date has not been learned). With the 881st Bomb Squadron, 500th Bomb Group.

Killed In Action were:

Capt. Stanley H Samuelson, O-791507, CT, Pilot
1st Lt. Jack S Martinson, O-806485, MT, Co-Pilot
1st Lt. Charles K Kingsley, O-696107, OH, Navigator
2nd Lt. John J Wright, O-927701, Bombardier
1st Lt. Elwyn M Shinn, O-864761, TX, Flight Engineer
Sgt. John J Goulooze, 36886255, MI, Gunner
Sgt. Forrest A Hargrove, 38398066, OK, Tail Gunner
Sgt. Robert J Janecek, 15354007, OH, Left Gunner
T/Sgt. Albert T Kramer, 32765321, NJ, Right Gunner
Sgt. Charles R Weiser, 35924823, OH, CFC Gunner
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Enlisted November 27, 1942.
Sergeant Janecek was the Left Gunner aboard U.S. Army Air Corps B-29-45-BW Superfortress #42-24692. While on a mission to strike targets in Tokyo, Japan, the bomber was rammed by enemy Ki-45 fighter interceptor. As the element was approaching the target at about 25,000 feet elevation, ship #692 (Z Square 12), which was the rear and furthest right in the formation. The twin-engine plane dove down out of the clouds and collided with the B-29 on top, then ricocheted off and disintegrated. The Superfortress broke in two and spiraled down. Sergeant Janecek and another crewmember bailed out and were captured. Janecek would die in an Army hospital (on what date has not been learned). With the 881st Bomb Squadron, 500th Bomb Group.

Killed In Action were:

Capt. Stanley H Samuelson, O-791507, CT, Pilot
1st Lt. Jack S Martinson, O-806485, MT, Co-Pilot
1st Lt. Charles K Kingsley, O-696107, OH, Navigator
2nd Lt. John J Wright, O-927701, Bombardier
1st Lt. Elwyn M Shinn, O-864761, TX, Flight Engineer
Sgt. John J Goulooze, 36886255, MI, Gunner
Sgt. Forrest A Hargrove, 38398066, OK, Tail Gunner
Sgt. Robert J Janecek, 15354007, OH, Left Gunner
T/Sgt. Albert T Kramer, 32765321, NJ, Right Gunner
Sgt. Charles R Weiser, 35924823, OH, CFC Gunner
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Enlisted November 27, 1942.

Inscription

SGT, 881 AAF BOMB SQ, 500 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details

Flat granite marker



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