Bochkay, Donald Harlow, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Primary Unit
1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 357th Fighter Group
Service Years
1940 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Ashtabula, Ohio; North Hollywood, California
Last Address
Possibly: San Anselmo, California; Las Vegas or Pahrump, Nevada. (sources differ)

Date of Passing
Jan 09, 1981
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal




 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He enlisted in the infantry in 1940 then served in the USAAF until soon after WWII. He joined the USAF in 1956 and retired in 1970. He was officially credited with 13.83 (some sources say 14.84) aerial combat victories. He was also credited with one of the most memorable lines by any 8th AF pilot in WWII. He had obtained some silk underwear and was using it to entice an English barmaid by saying, "Stick with me, honey; and you'll be farting through silk."
(http://acepilots.com/usaaf_eto_aces2.html#Bochkay)
Nothing is known of his USAF career 1956-1970.
The location of his remains is unknown. 
   
Other Comments:
Sources:
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=Donald+H.+Bochkay&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1700954
http://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/recognition-of-heroes-takes-flight/article_50afaf04-9c66-59da-999a-29a3f51c14c5.html usfighter.tripod.com/bochkay.htm
www.357thfightergroup.com/
www.cebudanderson.com/357fg.htm
http://aaron.smith.free.fr www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/357th_Fighter_Group#Aces_of_the_357th_Fighter_Group
http://www.onwingsofvalor.com/obits-2013/Bochkay,%20Donald%20D.pdf
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)Aviation Cadet Flight School444th Fighter Squadron363rd Fighter Squadron
357th Fighter Group
  1940-1942, US Army (USA)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, 444th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 363rd Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 357th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 World War II/American Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-39 Airacobra  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1944, P-39 Airacobra
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang6
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