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The actual "Where, When, Why and How" of the Combat mission that resulted in the ship being SHOT-DOWN, including Ship Serail, Crew Names, etc.
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S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA
S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA
Shot-Down over Target, 28 May, 1944, Bailed out and evaded the enemy, was returned to his Squad 28 Oct. 1944 THis SHIP Loss was the B-25 J #43-27564 (No known Name/Art)
S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA
S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA
Reports written and signed by Brig. Gen Bob Knapp, the 57th BW Commanding Officer by Oct. 1944. S/Sgt Plutchak was shot-down and bailed out, 28 May, 1944.......he and other Crew eveded the Enemy and were Returned to their Squadron 29 Oct. 1944
S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA
S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA
Robert was shot-down in a B-25 Mitchell over the Target 28 May, 1944 ---he and seceral others evaded the enemy, asisted by the Italians and were taken to the front/returned to their Squadron exactly 5 months later, 28 Oct. 1944.

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Full Name:
Robert Richard Plutchak 2
Person:
Robert R Plutchak 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
15 Feb 1924 2
Male 2
Birth:
1924 1
Wisconsin 1
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Place: Baraga County, Michigan 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
13 Jan 1943 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
36419198 1
Enlistment Place:
Marquette Michigan 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled occupations in fabrication of metal products, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 1079 1
Film Reel Number: 5.141 1

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Robert Plutchak, MIA, 321stBG,447thBS, MTO/B-25's

Italy

447th BS War Diary: Special Accounts: Today’s mission was a story of confusion and tragedy and triumph. Thirteen planes were scheduled to fly on a mission to bomb a railway bridge at Fado Viaduct Italy. We were to lead the mission of 24 planes, with Capt. Bounds in the lead plane. On the take off Capt. Cloward leading the second element was unable to find the first element to effect an assembly. Consequently, Lt Speer leading the second box of six also missed the assembly because he followed Capt. Cloward. Then when they went to the rendezvous point the mission had already left with the fighter escort and these nine planes then had to return to the base.
Capt. Bounds led the mission perfectly. Lt. Windler, his bombardier, scored a “shock” when he hit the southwest end of the bridge, the exact part of the bridge he was briefed to hit. However, Lt. Denman’s plane was hit by the intense accurate antiaircraft fire, which started even before the formation went on its bomb run, and fell out of formation. It was last seen by the escort heading toward Bologne under control on single
engine. No chutes were seen to leave it. The other two wingmen with Capt. Bounds released their bombs about 30 seconds before they reached the target and naturally hit considerably out of the target area. Capt. Bounds’ plane was the only one of our Squadron to drop bombs on the target, but luckily he had Lt. Windler as bombardier who in all his missions with this Squadron has missed his target only once.
The crew of the lost plane was as follows: 2nd Lt. John L. Denman, 2nd Lt. Merlin Hueppchen, 2nd Lt. William D. Wiley, Sgt. Robert R. Plutchak, S/Sgt. Leo J. Martin, and Sgt. George D. Merrill.

 

Robert R Plutchak, MIA/Returned to his Squad. (SITE #1)

Italy

S/Sgt Robert R Plutchak, Engineer/Gunner, 321stBG,447thBS, MIA

 

Saturday 29 Oct. 1944

War Diary;  S/Sgt (Engineer/Gunner) R Plutchak was returned to the 447thBS, having been shot-down 28 May, 1944, evading the enemy and returning to us with L Martin, G Merrill, and E Schwegmann.  By Brig Gen Bob Knapp, 57th BW Commander.

******** Robert was Promoted to TECH/SGT on 28 Oct. 1944 !

S/Sgt Plutchak was shot-down, parachuted to safety and eluded the enemy from Sunday, 29 May, 1944 and returned safely as possible on Sat. 28 Oct.1944 on Corsica....along with his fellow Crew members.

 

Robert Plutchak, S/Sgt B-25's, MTO, 321stBG, 447thBS

Italy

Robert R Plutchak, Born Feb. 1924

Plutchak, Robert Richard, S/Sgt., Engineer-Gunner,
Enlistment Service # : 36419198
MISSING IN ACTION on 28 May 1944 on Bombing Mission on Vado Viaduct.  The Plane was Shot Down By Heavy Flak.  All 6 Crew Members Bailed Out Safely Before the Plane Crashed and Burned Near Chevarazzi, Italy~EVADED ENEMY CAPTURE and Returned to the 447th Squadron on 28 October 1944
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Robert R Plutchak
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 36419198  36419198
Birth Year: 1924
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Wisconsin
State of Residence: Michigan
County or City: Baraga
Enlistment Date: 13 Jan 1943
Enlistment State: Michigan
Enlistment City: Marquette
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled occupations in fabrication of metal products, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 140

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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source   
Robert Richard Plutchak Marquette, MI U.S. Army Lori and Matthew Santy  
Robert Richard Plutchak
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army
HOMETOWN: Marquette, MI
HONORED BY: Lori and Matthew Santy    

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U.S. Public Records Index
Name: Robert R Plutchak
Birth Date: Feb 1924
Address: 2205 14th Av, Menominee, Michigan 49858-0301 (1993)
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U.S. Public Records Index
Name: Robert R Plutchak
Birth Date: Feb 1924
Address: Yuma, Arizona 85364-0101 (1993)
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U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
Name: Robert R Plutchak
City: Yuma
State: Arizona
Zip Code: 85364-1557
Residence Years: 1998 1999 2000 2001  
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U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
Name: Robert R Plutchak
City: Yuma
State: Arizona
Zip Code: 85364-1557

 1930 Census/Caspian/Iron Co/Michigan/Roll  994/Enumeration District: 17/Page: 4B
Household Members:  Name Age
Robert Plutchak/Head of Household/38
Jessie Plutchak/Wife/32
Annita Plutchak/Daughter/11
Imogene Plutchak/Daughter/9
Iline Plutchak/Daughter/8
Robert Plutchak/Son/6
Eva Mae Plutchak/Daughter/3yrs-9mos

"Bob" Plutchak,

Menominee County, MICHIGAN

"BOB" Plutchak

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:02 Bob Plutchak, a resident at Roubal Care and Rehab Center, Stephenson, holds a flag sent to him by United States Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts. The  flag had flown over the nation's capital. Plutchak, a World War II veteran, asked if the flag could be raised on the facility flag pole so he could see it blow in the wind. In addition to the flag, Plutchak received U.S. Army Air Corps awards and medals earned during the war.

Bob Plutchak, Roubal Care and Rehab Center, Stephenson, earned several awards and medals during World War II. Over the years, they had been lost. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry recently had them re-issued and sent to Mr. Plutchak. 

4/17/2010 1:51:00 AM
Robert R. Plutchak

Robert R. Plutchak, 86, of Stephenson, passed away Thursday at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.
Visitation will be on Monday, April 19, 2010, at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home after 4 p.m. with Military Rites at 5:30 p.m. followed by funeral service. Reverend Jim Mathews officiating.
Burial will be in Stephenson Township Cemetery.

 PESHTIGO TIMES, WISC.   Robert Richard Plutchak, 86, of Stephenson, Mi. passed away on Thursday, April 15 at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.

Born on Feb. 15, 1924 in Sand Rock to the late Robert F. and Jessie (Deacon) Plutchak, he served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was discharged on Nov. 17,1945. He worked as an automotive mechanic and also as a pipefitter at Marinette Marine. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, playing cards and trips to the casino.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Matthew (Lori) Santy of West Springfield, Ma. and Nora Barry of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Robert of Sierra Vista, Ariz. and Matthew (Victoria) of Bowdoinham, Me.; a brother, Norman (Judith) of Menominee; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, Mi. on Monday, April 19 after 4 p.m. with military rites at 5:30 p.m., followed by memorial services. Rev. Jim Mathews officiated and burial was in Bethesda Cemetery.

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