Valentik, Robert P., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 755, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fairfield
Last Address
Thorpe Abbotts, England

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Formal Schools and Training CoursesAerial Gunnery School100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1943, Radio Operators Course
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 707, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 755, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Robert P. Valentik was born in 1921 in Fairfield, Connecticut. His parents were Paul and Elizabeth Valentik. After high school, he attempted to join the Army Air Corps in the pilot training program, but failed the eye test. He was rejected and told to wait until drafted and he would be enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

On July 3, 1942, Valentik was called to active service. After finishing basic training, he received training as a radio operator and also as an aerial gunner. He was assigned to a combat replacement crew and sent to England, where he was assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group.

It is not known which crew he was assigned to but he flew a number of combat missions. When the squadron was scheduled to participate in the February 4, 1944 raid on Frankfurt, he volunteered for the mission and was assigned to Lt. William Green's aircraft.

As the aircraft was returning from the raid, it was struck by flak and damaged. Then, enemy aircraft attacked the formation. The pilot dove toward a cloud bank, seeking concealment but a German fighter followed and shot the aircraft down. German records give credit to Erich Scheyda for the "kill." The entire crew of the B-17 was killed in the crash, just off the Dutch coast in the North Sea.

Although a total of four bodies were eventually recovered, Valentik was never seen again. The entire crew is remembered on the Wall of the Missing at Margraten, Holland in The Netherlands American Cemetery.


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Comments/Citation
The aircraft involved was B-17G # 42-37975, not named, assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report names the crew as:

1 Lt William E. Green    p
2 Lt Jack P. Jensen    c-p
2 Lt John J. Joyce    nav
2 Lt John S. Hamilton    bomb
SSgt Roman E. Beran    eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert P. Valentik     r/o
SSgt Richard K. Anderegg    btg
SSgt Sanford Tisdale    lwg
SSgt Harry J. Waskewicz      rwg
SSgt Leroy E. Leist     tail gun

NOTE: The mission loading list names Valentik as "Robert W. Valentik." All other sources use "P" as the middle initial.

SSgt Tom Sasser was the original Radio Operator/gunner for the Green crew, but was replaced by SSgt Valentik for the Frankfurt mission.

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