STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT PAUL VALENTIK; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 25, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – February 4, 1944; 22 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 25 Seaview Avenue, East Norwalk
Enlisted on July 3, 1942
Service number: 31142791
100TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 418TH BOMBER SQUADRON
Missing In Action (MIA)

Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal

Norwalk High School Class of ‘39

From 100thbg.com:  Aircraft B-17G, #42-37975, date February 4, 1944, Time: 1332, location: Walcheron Island, North Sea. Lost due to enemy anti-aircraft.

Names of crew:

Pilot William E.  Green          1Lt       O-671261
Co-pilot Jack P. Jensen           2Lt       O-741910
NAV (N) John J. Joyce          2Lt       O-685345
BOM (B) John S. Hamilton    2Lt       O-679503
RAD Robert P. Valentik      SSgt    31142791
ENG Roman B. Beran           TSgt    37218415
BAL Rickard K. Anderegg     SSgt     37437834
WG (W) Sanford F. Tisdale   SSgt     16109083
WG (W) Harry J. Waskewicz SSgt     36528100
TG (T) Leroy E. Leist             SSgt     34343991
   — SSgt Waskewicz’s body washed ashore 2 days later.

Testimony of 2Lt W.A. Terry: A/C #075 was flying in the 3rd element of our high squadron. At 1332 hours it pulled out of formation and headed for the undercast. It was smoking but appeared to be under control. No chutes were seen.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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