Joseph J. Gilinsky, Sr.
B-17 Navigator, 94th Bomb Group, 332-333 Squardon
8th Air Force, U. S. Army Air Corps
June 9, 1944. Image of Joseph J. Gilinksy [left] and Lloyd F. Conklin
taken after completion of assigned missions. Image was taken in England.
Gilinsky and Conklin have stayed in touch with one another over the years
mainly by the exchanging of Christmas cards. The events as related by both
men and told on these web pages, have sparked a renewed friendship of
these two former B-17 crew members.
The following is an exerpt from Joe Gilinsky's story:
"...Our group was jumped by enemy fighters after dropping our bombs on yet another mission, causing our formation to lose nine of our planes. Multiply times ten, and project the loss as such for the entire 8th Air Force -- that was a lot of people and planes. Fortunately, our group was the only one to suffer the loss that day.
I was the only man wounded on our crew.
A small piece of shrapnel is yet above my left ear. The scar was readily seen before Elvis helped folk to appreciate sideburns. A frozen mist enveloped all of the interior of our navigation area. I was sure that it would vaporize to a harmful gas, when we descended to a warm altitude. Time and heat helped me to realize this was only the 'liquid' from our relief cans, splattered and vaporized about the area..."
Read Joseph J. Gilinsky's B-17 Navigator's Story. Joseph J. Gilinsky
Read Lloyd F. Conklin's B-17 Co-Pilot's Story. Lloyd F. Conklin
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