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S/SGT  Harry HAFKO

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 Harry Hafko, RWG on the John K. Justice crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: 13090684 STATUS: POW
MACR: 01021 CR: 01021

Comments1: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (PASADENA NINA) (PA) (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt John K. Justice                  P EVADEE  10/10/43 MUNSTER
2nd Lt John F. Shields                CP KIA  10/10/43 " "
2nd Lt Peter Battisti                NAV POW  10/10/43 " "
2nd Lt William C. Brothers        BOM POW  10/10/43 " "
  T/Sgt Richard E. Whitlock      ROG POW  10/10/43 " "
  T/Sgt John F. McDonough     TTE POW  10/10/43 " "
  S/Sgt Stanley S. Stopa          BTG POW  10/10/43 " "
  S/Sgt Harry Hafko                RWG POW  10/10/43 " "
  S/Sgt Robert E. Bergendahl   LWG POW  10/10/43 " "
  S/Sgt Gaetano D. Sportelli       TG KIA     10/10/43 " "

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, jolned the 100th Group in early July 1943.  It was one of the first four replacement crews of the Group.  The other three were Lt Henry Henington, F/O Owen "Cowboy" Roane, and Lt Walter "Chief" Moreno.  Medals Awarded Lt Justice: DFC, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart  

MACR #1021, Microfiche #338, A/C #42 3229 "PASADENA NINA" XR-A.  

This mission to Munster on 10/13/43 was the 17th for thls crew; its first was to Kiel on 25/7/43.  Lt. Shields was wounded about the head by 20mm fire but did bail out.  A notation on a German report in MACR says his body was found about 100 meters from the crash point on 10 November.  Jack Justice is of the belief that, if the German report is factual, Shields was sheltered by frlendly Dutch in the area immediately after he landed but that he finally died of his wounds and the Dutch, fearing the Germans would discover they had aided him placed his body near the crash site to be found by the Germans.  Sportelli's remains were apparently found in the a/c debris   he had not bailed out.  It is probable that he was killed or very badly wounded by 20 mm fire.  He and Shields were buried at Ede Cemetary in Row C, Graves #1 & 2.  Justice was taken in by the Dutch Resistence forces and, after many months, returned to Thorpe Abbotts.  He has written a very interesting account of his life as an evadee.  See also Ian Hawkins book on Munster raid…pw

  MISSIONS OF LT JOHN K. JUSTICE (mpf 2001)


1. 25/07/43 WAREMUNDE (KIEL)
2. 28/07/43 OSCHERSLEBEN
3.  17/08/43 REGENSBURG
4. 24/08/43 BORDEAUX
5. 31/08/43 Les MERUEAUX
6.   3/09/43 PARIS
7.    7/09/43 WATTEN
8.    9/09/43 BEAUVAIS-TILLE
9. 15/09/43 RENAULT
10. 16/09/43 La PALLICE
11. 23/09/43 VANNES
12. 26/09/43 PARIS
13. 27/09/43 EMDEN
14.   4/10/43 HANAU
15.   8/10/43 BREMEN
16.   9/10/43 MARIENBURG
17. 10/10/43 MUNSTER (SHOT DOWN



NOTES FROM LT JOHN "JACK" JUSTICE:

Our plane was named Pasadena Nena by William Brothers, Bombardier because I had lived in Pasadena, California and "Pasadena Nena" was his lucky word for the number "Nine" when he played craps"  The wound in my neck continued to fester throughout my excape. X-Rays showed ti was a metal object.  I thought it was a piece of shell fragment, but when I had it removed several years later, it was a piece of my airplane.  (mpf 2001)

                        
FORM SUBJECT: REPORT A DEATH (TAPS)
:::::::::: SUBMITTER ::::::::::
--> FORM SUBMITTED BY: Cynthia L. Goodwin (trekki@mtaonline.net)
--> SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF FORM: Submit TAPS report

:::::::::: TAPS REPORT ::::::::::
--> VETERAN: Harry Hafko
--> VETERAN'S DATE OF DEATH: 24 January 2001
--> SUBMITTER'S RELATION TO VETERAN: I am the veteran's child
--> FAMILY CONTACT INFORMATION: I am the family as my mother has passed and there are no siblings.  My phone is 907-357-0195

:::::::::: MEMBERSHIP ::::::::::
--> OLD ADDRESS: 
--> NEW ADDRESS: 
--> TELEPHONE NUMBER:

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Munster DATE: 1943-10-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Pasadena Nina" (42-3229) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

John K. Justice Crew (left to right) - Stateside Photo
Standing: J. K. Justice (Pilot), J. Shields (Co-pilot)
W. Brothers (Bombardier), Lt. H. Levine (Navigator)
Kneeling: S. Stopa (Gunner), R. Whitlock (Radio), G. Sportelli (Gunner)
H. Hafko (Engineer) R. Bergendahl (Radio), J. McDonough (Engineer)
The above names and positions were written on the back of the original picture - 100th Photo Archives) 

 

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