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43-4360           B25

 

On 27 March 1944, a B-25, # 43-4360, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, was on a mission to bomb the Viet Tri RR bridge near Hanoi and other targets. The crew was:

 

Pilot                                         Capt. Robert C. Pettingell                    0-798024

Co-Pilot                                   Flight Officer John W. Lesher             T-61142

Navigator/Bombardier            1stLt Edward C. Nelson                       0-741679

Engineer                                  SSgt Robert C. Thompson                  

Radio Operator                        TSgt Stephen A. Wojtowicz                 32551036  KIA

Armorer                                   SSgt Earl E. Tweady                            14038354

 

Mission report C-180, 27 March 1944: Mission to bomb and strafe Viet Tri railroad bridge. The B-25 took off at 1047 hours. Anti-aircraft fire was encountered over Hanoi of moderate intensity and was accurate. AA bursts were black and single, in pairs or in fours. TSgt Stephen A. Wojtowicz was killed by by machinegun enemy fire. Two of the flight had holes in the wings; one had damage to the nose wheel and hydraulic system and bullet holes in the right wing and co-pilot’s window. Propellars were damaged on landing. Some bombs damaged the bridge. Cannon fire hit the bridge. Fifteen train cars and 3 locomotives were seen in the RR yard at Viet Tri and were strafed with cannon and .50 caliber guns. No enemy aircraft were seen on the air strips at Gialam and Phu Tho.

 

WOJTOWICZ, STEPHEN A., Technical Sergeant, # 32551036, USAAF

 

Stephen A. Wojtowicz was born 14 October 1923 in the State of New York. He had a sister, Sophie Wojtowicz (1914-    ). In the 1930 census, they are residents in an orphanage: Feliciant Sisters Immaculate Hent of Mary Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York.

 

He enlisted in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, had graduated from high school, on 30 September 1942. On 27 March 1944, a B-25, # 43-4360, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, was on a mission to bomb the Viet Tri RR bridge near Hanoi and other targets. Anti-aircraft fire was encountered over Hanoi of moderate intensity and was accurate. AA bursts were black and single, in pairs or in fours. TSgt Stephen A. Wojtowicz was killed by by machinegun enemy fire. He was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 9 November 1949 (Section P, Grave 1157). He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.