Belinkie, Isadore George, FltOff

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Last Rank
Flight Officer
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 725th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Flight Officer

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Last Address
Castelluccio Airfield, Italy

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Austria
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Lorraine, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
451st Bombardment Group, HeavyUS Air Force
  1944-1945, 451st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, 725th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
Flight Officer Belinkie was a Bombardier on a B-24H piloted by 2nd Lt. Paul D. Holst and based at Castellucio, Italy. On February 7, 1945, on a bombing mission over Vienna, Austria, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into another aircraft nearby and after the two aircraft pulled apart, the aircraft disintegrated and crashed. The following eye witness describes in more detail the incident in which F/O Belinkie and his crew were killed:

"I, Albert D. Sherman Jr., (service no. deleted for the purposes of this profile), was the Pilot of a B-24 Liberator Aircraft which flew in the fourth position of the formation on 7 February 1945 with B-24 Liberator Aircraft number 42-52036 piloted by 2nd Lt Darrell M. Burk (service no. deleted for the purposes of this profile), flying number five position, and B-24 Liberator Aircraft number 42-52440, piloted by 2nd Lt. Paul D. Holst, (service no. deleted for the purposes of this profile), flying number six position.

While over the target Lt. Holst received a direct flak hit in the bomb bay of his ship, causing it to burst in flames. He rallied right and in doing so crashed into Lt. Burk's aircraft. It appeared as if Lt. Burk tried to avoid a collision, but to no avail. When the ships collided a few bombs were dropped from Lt. Burk's ship. After the collision the two ships remained together until Lt. Burk's ship barrel-rolled earthward out of my view and Lt. Holst's ship disintegrated." Source: Statement: Albert D. Sherman Jr, 2nd Lt, 725the Bomb Squadron (H), attachment to Missing Air Crew Report dated 10 Feb 1945, http://www.footnote.com
   
Comments/Citation
Isadore G. Belinkie was born in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, son of Samuel and Fannie Ginsberg. The family lived in Bridgeport in 1930. He went to Bombardier School at Webb Field, Big Springs, Texas. Sources: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, http://www.findagrave.com, AJHS WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-194, Ancestry.com; http://trees.ancestry.com & http://www.hangar25airmuseum.com

A memorial or burial stone for Flight Officer Belinkie is at the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial, Saint-Avold, Lorraine Region, France, Plot K  Row 25 Grave 34. Source American Battle Monuments, The World War II Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov
   
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