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Ollie Nowakowski 2
Age in 1930: 11 2
Estimated Birth Year: 1919 2
19 Feb 1944 1
Lake Lesina, Foggia, Italy 1
Cause: Not known, Shot-Down ? 1
Place: LUCAS County, Ohio 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: ST. ANTHONY'S ORPHANAGE 2
Employer: WW II B 25 Mitchells /321st Bomb Group 1
Position: 447th Bomb Squadron, 1
Place: KIA Foggia, Italy 1
End Date: 19 Feb.1944 1

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T/Sgt Ollie D Nowakowski, 321stBG (KIA) 19 Feb.1944


St Anthony's Orphanage; Ollie's Father was born in Poland, and his Mother unknown, but he was raised in Lucas County, OHIO, St Anthony's Orphanage.  Obviously a very intelligent lad, he was in all kinds of activities, from the Yearbook that we have photo's of.  He played Golf !  Graduated Highschool in 1939.  No other known family.

T/Sgt. Nowakowski was in A/C No. 43-3413, that Exploded in the Air, and Crashed in Lake Lesina, near Foggia, Italy, on that Awful Day.  His other crew members were 1Lt. William J. Toltzman; T/Sgt. Frank T. Orfila; Sgt. Elmer S. Atkinson; Sgt. George F. Brandt; Pvt. Earl W. Edwards; and Sgt. Walter J. Cheatle

Nowakowski, Ollie D., T/Sgt., Engineer-Gunner, Enlistment Service # : 15085646
KILLED IN ACTION on 19 February 1944

Saturday, 19 February 1944    447th BS:  Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 2717:  Remains of wrecked plane were found in Lake Lesina, NE of Foggia and bodies of T/Sgt. Nowakowski and Sgt. Cheatle were identified.  It is believed that the remaining persons are in the wreckage, recovery of which is being made by the 319th Service Group.  As soon as additional persons are recovered, subsequent records will be submitted.

 A/C No.    43-3413 (MACR-2717 - exploded in air – crashed in Lake Lesina, near Foggia
P Toltzman, William J., 1Lt - MIA, KNB
E Edwards, Earl W., Pvt - MIA, KNB
PAX Orfila, Frank T., T/Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Atkinson, Elmer S., Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Brandt, George F., Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Cheatle, Walter J., Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Nowakowski, Ollie D, T/Sgt - MIA, KNB

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: O Lie D Nowakowski
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 15085646  15085646
Birth Year: 1918
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Ohio
State of Residence: Ohio
County or City: Lucas
Enlistment Date: 15 Jan 1942
Enlistment State: Indiana
Enlistment City: Fort Benjamin Harrison
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
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: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Draftsmen
Marital Status: Single, without dependents

Entered by 57th BW Researcher, and 321st Bomb Group Historian, Barbi Ennis Connolly 

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