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Adolph Chester Bialecki was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on July 23, 1921, the son of Polish immigrants Czeslaw and Malgorzata Bialecki. He was the youngest child, with 4 siblings. He completed the 9th grade in industrial trades, then worked as an iceman's helper for 6 months.
In 1938 and 1939, he was the Mess Steward in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. In 1940, he attended Bakers and Cooks school in Lawrence, Massachusetts and worked as a cook for 7 months. In 1941, he was employed by the Knight Leather Company.
Bialecki was drafted on August 11, 1942, and inducted at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. From August to September, he was assigned to the 988th Student Squadron in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In September he was assigned to the 34th Technical School at Scott Field, Illinois, and graduated in January 1943 as a radio operator, MOS 756.
He was then sent to the 719th Gun Training Squadron at Miami, Florida, and graduated as a gunner, MOS 611. Promoted to Sergeant, he was transferred to the reserve pool in Salt Lake City, Utah. In June 1943, he was sent to the 539th Bomb Squadron, and later the 411th Bomb Squadron in Pocatello, Idaho.
Bialecki then was assigned to the 537th Bomb Squadron from July 1943 to September 1943, at which time he was sent to England and assigned to the 8th Air Force Casual Pool. In January 1944, he was assigned as a crew member to the 704th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group, operating from Air Station 125 at Flixton, near Bungay, England.
His first mission was flown on February 10, 1944, and was an abort. In all, he flew 14 combat missions, but also had 5 aborts. On May 10, 1944, he was promoted to Technical Sergeant.
On April 11, 1944, his aircraft was scheduled to participate in a bombing raid on Bernsberg, Germany. On the in-bound route, heavy and accurate flak was encountered by the bomber stream in the vicinity of Dummer Lake. The aircraft dropped out of formation and descended in a shallow dive until it was at 7,000 feet altitude.
Observers in other aircraft in the formation reported the aircraft then leveled off and appeared under control. No parachutes were observed; all 4 engines were running and not smoking; no damage was visible; and no fires were seen. The aircraft then was lost to view and never seen again by the formation.
The aircraft crashed near Vechta, Germany, with all crew still in position. German reports state it was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, and the pilot, co-pilot, and engineer were apparently attempting to pull out of a dive. Nine of the crewmen were killed, and 1 lived to be taken prisoner.
The Germans recovered all bodies and buried them in the old military Russian cemetery of Vechta in Oldsberg in graves 295-300. Two could not be identified and were buried as "Unknown" in grave 301. One crew man was later found and buried in grave 306. Adolph Bialecki was buried in grave 297.
After the war, Bialecki, according to American Battlefield Commission, was recovered and buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium in Plot D, Row 11, Grave 14.
However, there is a letter from the War Department to Adolph's brother stating the burial was in the American Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz in Plot N. Row 9, Grave 219. The brother rejected the offer to have the body returned to the U.S.
TSgt Adolph Chester Bialecki was the radio operator and gunner on the B-24H #42-99942, nicknamed "Brown Noser." assigned to the 704th Bomb Squadron.
Mission listings state the crew was:
1 Lt Kermit A. Fuchs p
2 Lt Harry E. Culbertson c-p
2 Lt Phillip R. Westcott bomb
2 Lt Albert G. Ripley nav
Sgt Adam F. Illik nose gun
SSgt Rudolph Vidmar eng/tt gun
Sgt Charles J. Ness rwg
Sgt Roy N. Bohen btg
TSgt Adolph C. Bialecki r/o
Sgt Kenneth N. LaBode tail gun
Missing Air Crew Report 3783 applies.
Contradicting the mission listing, 704th Bomb Squadron records indicate that SSgt Vidmar had been replaced by Sgt James M. Perry, and that Vidmar had actually been killed when the aircraft #42-10082, was shot down by flak on a raid on Gotha in February 1944.
Somehow, Lt Westcott lived through the crash and was taken as POW.
NOTE: USAAC Aircraft Inventory records show a B-24H # 42-52485 of the 446th Bomb Group was also named "Brown Noser." This aircraft was shot down and crashed in Switzerland in October 1944.
B-24H #42-7659 of the 705th Bomb Squadron, piloted by Lt. Thomas F. Brown, was named "Brown Knowser." This aircraft was lost on June 10, 1944 to fighters.
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