Lazarowicz, Matthew, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Feb 09, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - East Orange, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot L 1-1-20-1

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
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B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Matthew Lazarowicz was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 31, 1922 to Joseph and Josephine Lazarowicz ( Polish immigrants - name Americanized from Cazaorowicz.)

He was inducted into service on April 9, 1943 at Newark. His enlistment record states he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed in a semiskilled occupation working with mechanical treatment of metals.

He was trained as a radio operator, and assigned to the combat crew of Lt Barrat. He flew 20 missions with this crew, starting on December 9, 1944.

The designated target on February 9, 1945 was the synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany. As the aircraft turned onto the bomb run, it was hit by another B-17 of the formation. The entire tail assembly was sheared off, leaving two large pieces of aircraft falling from the sky. The tail gunner managed to bail out and made a successful parachute landing, although he was captured by German civilians. They turned him over to the authorities, and he remained a POW until war's end.

The front section of the aircraft fell directly toward the small village of Eisenberg. Somehow gaining control of the piece of aircraft, the pilot and co-pilot steered it away from town and into an empty field. They salvoed the bobs there rather than risk letting them hit the town. The aircraft hit the ground and exploded.

German records reveal eight bodies were recovered at the crash site, with two being unidentifiable. Later, it was learned these were Barrat and Reiss. All the dead were buried in a local cemetery. After the war, Lazarowicz was returned for burial in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in East Orange, New Jersey. He lies in Plot L-1-1-20-1. crew
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Sgt Matthew Lazarowicz was the assigned radio operator on B-7G # 43-139149, no name, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 12229 was issued to account for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

2 Lt Robert J. Barrat  p
2 Lt Dean Harvey  c-p
F/O Shirl P. Best  nav
Sgt William T. Karp  tog
Sgt Raymond F. Reiss gun
Sgt Matthew Lazarowicz  r/o
Sgt Louis N. Linhart  btg
Sgt  Herbert D. Link  wg
Sgt  George H. Emerson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Emerson was the only survivor.

In the crew photo, Lararowicz is in the back row, at left.

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