Bazata, Raymond R., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1945, M 0748, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Howells
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Mar 31, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, M 0748, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, M 0748, 349th Bomb Squadron
 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)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Raymond R. Bazata was born in Dodge, Nebraska on January 13, 1923 to Gustav and Emma Petricek Bazata. The US Censuses 1930 and 1940 report the family living in Lincoln, Nebraska.

No military records have been located for Bazata, but it is known he was drafted, probably in 1943. He was trained as a flight engineer and an aerial gunner, then sent to crew training with original crew led by Lt Carroll. This crew went to England, arriving there on October 5, 1944. Bazata flew at least 20 missions.

On March 10, 1945, a crew consisting of some of the Lt Larsen crew, Lt Carroll crew, and other crews was assembled for a mission to bomb the synthetic oil refineries (Braunkohle Nenzin AG) at Zeitz, Germany. The aircraft was hit by flak near the target area, and # 3 engine dropped off the aircraft. The pilot turned toward Russia, and announced by radio he was "making for the Russian lines." The aircraft crashed later in Germany.

Witnesses relate the crew all made parachute landings, but were captured and executed by S.S. troops. No confirmation of this is available. One crewman was spared, and survived. The dead were supposedly buried in a nearby cemetery.

In 1947, Allied searchers investigated, but could find no remains except those of TSgt Dineen. These remains were moved to, and buried at, the Lorraine American Cemetery in France. All others are memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium. In addition, a stone in memory of TSgt Bazata stands in Section 1, Row 3 in the Saint John's Nepomunce Catholic Cemetery in Howells, Nebraska.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.abmc.gov
www.100thbg.com/database/index/personnel
US Census 1930
US Census 1940

  

Comments/Citation
TSgt Raymond R. Bazata was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 44-6470, unnamed, assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 13714 was issued for the loss. Crew rosters and personnel files show the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Arthur G. Larsen, Jr.  p
1 Lt Thomas E. O'Neill  c-p
2 Lt Dale F. Watterson  nav
TSgt Charles M. Dineen  tog
TSgt Raymond R. Bazata  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joseph M. Popson  r/o
SSgt Willard P. Bostrom  btg
SSgt Marvin F. Barner  wg
SSgt John E, Kaiser  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Dineen is carried in all 100th Bomb Group records as "Charles M. Dineen." His middle name was actually "Walter." All other sources call him Charles W. Dineen.

In the original Carroll crew photo, Bazata is standing, 3rd from left.

Service photo source:
www.100thbg.com/database/index/personnel

   
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