Brdecka, Vince J., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 492nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft Bend, Texas
Last Address
RAF North Pickenham, England

Casualty Date
Jul 07, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, USAAF Recruit Training (Miami Beach, FL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
859th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyUS Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 859th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 492nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1942-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

  Staff Sergeant Vince J. Brdecka, who had been reported missing in action since the plane went down over Germany on July 7, 1944, is being brought back to the States for final burial March 26 1952 according to word recieved by his widow, Mrs Bernice Brdecka.  Final rites will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at St Louis. Missouri.
  Last December, Mrs Brdecka recieved word from the War Department that her husband's body would be among a group of five being sent back for reburial in two coffins due to the fact that individual identity was impossible. 
 S/Sgt. Brdecka was a nose turret gunner on a B-24 which went down near Madgeburg, Germany. Eight of the ten crew members were captured by the Germans and were returned after the war.
  The local man, then 27 years of age, was trapped in the turret, according to the co-pilot, one of the survivors of the crash. He futher stated that as he descended in his parachute, he observed a fire raging in the nose, cockpit and waist of the plane, but that Sergeant Brdecka was still firing his guns at any fighter which crossed his path.
  For eight years, Mrs. Brdecka has received word once yearly that her husband was missing and presumed dead. Their son, Eugene, now a little over seven years of age was born in December after his father was killed.
  He was reared in the Cottonwood community and has three brothers, Jerry, Frank and Louis Brdecka, all living here; another brother Adolph Brdecka, lives in Wallis and his three sister, Mrs. Eddie Walzel of Beasley, Miss Bessie Brdecka of Wallis and Mrs. A. W. Kubica of Grand Prairie, also survive.
  The widow and several other members of Sgt. Brdecka's family are making plans to attend the final rites. 

(retyped from local 1952 news clipping)

Front row L to R:
GNR: Sgt Vince J. Brdecka
RW/RO: T/S Glenn D. Woods
Crew chief: Sgt Red Dieso
TG: Sgt Sam Stammerra
BT: Sgt Bob Kohout

Back row L to R:
P: Bill Keeler
CP: Henry Meyer
B: Frank Benton
N: Sam Turner

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