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T/SGT  Paul ZIMA

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

100 BG / 349 BS
T SGT ZIMA, PAUL
From Chicago, Illinois.

KIA 5-6-1944 as radio operator of B-17G / #43-37591 / MACR 5383. Target: Abbeville, France. An other 100 BG aircraft (#42-107095) was hit by a ground rocket (3 KIA / 7POW) and this a/c banked to the right and cut off the tail of #43-37591 which crashed 2 miles east of Hardelot, 4 miles south of Boulogne, France. 9 KIA / 1 POW.
T Sgt Zima is buried in Lorraine Cemetery, F-12-7.

Source of the portrait photograph: https://www.facebook.com/USAAF-Class-Book-Project-NLB-American-Cemeteries-1534953480144324

Pilot Class Book 43-F, Gibbs Field, Ft. Stockton, Texas. Courtesy of my Fields of Honor Database colleague Ria who indexed this class book.

Help us remember Paul Zima 
World War II
Service # 16077736
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Illinois
Date of Death: June 5, 1944
Buried: Plot F Row 12 Grave 7
Lorraine American Cemetery
St Avold, France
Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal
United States Air Force

SERIAL #: 16077736 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 05383 CR: 05383

Comments1: 5 JUN 44 BOULOGNE (COL WITH 107095)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

F/O  CHARLES L. PETERSEN         P     KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
2ND LT JAMES D. KEEFFE            CP    KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
2ND LT ELMER H. VISHION         NAV  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
1ST LT JAMES F. JONES             BOM  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT PAUL ZIMA                     ROG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT CARL J. PHILLIPS             TTG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT JAMES L. HELLER             BTG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT ANDREW L. ADDISION       WG  POW 05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT RICHARD J. SAWAYA         WG  KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE
    SGT CORWIN E. ALSPACH         TG   KIA   05 JUN 44 BOULOGNE

349th Sqdn.. Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 26 may 44

This was the second mission for the above crew;  EYEWITNESS REPORT: A/C #591 (Petersen) was flying right wing on A/C # 095 when 095 (Lt Wilson) was hit by a ground rocket and collided with # 591.  The nose section of # 095 was sheared off, but it appeared to remain under control and peeled out of the formation. Five chutes were seen from # 095 as it "SSS" back toward the channel.  A/C #591 was last sighted about three miles south of Boulogne at 1015 hours.

A/C # 43-37591  MACR #5383, Microfiche # 1957

CREW
                                           A/C # 42-31987  "SHILAYEE"
2ND LT MARK V. WILSON                  P    POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
2ND LT CHARLES E. ADAMS              CP    CPT      WITH STANLEY CLARK CREW
2ND LT JOHN T. JOHNSON              NAV   KIA       5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
2ND LT RALPH A. KROENKE             BOM   KIA       5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
S/SGT EUGENE V. SWEENEY           ROG   POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
S/SGT JOHN W. McAULIFFE             TTE   POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
   SGT DONALD M. ROHASEK           BTG   POW     5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
   SGT WILLIAM E. MORELAND        RWG  POW      5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE
   SGT GEORGE B. DONAHUE          LWG   NOC
   SGT CECIL G. DAVIS                     TG   POW      5 JUN 44  BOULOGNE

349th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined the 100th Group on 21 Feb 1944.  On 5 Jun 1944, Lt. Donald Roth, CP on the F.J. Herres crew, was flying in place of C.E.Adams and was KIA.  S/Sgt Glover Nall, from the J.A. Harrison crew, was flying in place of G.B.Donhoue and became a POW.  On 5 Jun 1944 the Wilson crew was flying a brand new silver B-17G 42-107095, XR-F since they were now a lead Crew.   shilaylee was Lt Wilsons aircraft prior to receiving this new plane.

MEMO 2:

Technical Sergeant Paul Zima, born 1 Feb 1920, was the son of Paul and Marie (Kurtz) Zima of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He left a wife, Anne, and son Robert, in Chicago.

In the 1930 census 10-year-old Paul is living with his parents and siblings Raymond 13, and Doris 6, at 5210 S Albany in Chicago. His father is a finisher for a furniture manufacturer.

In the 1940 census 20-year-old Paul is living with his parents and siblings Raymond 23, and Doris 16, still at 5210 S Albany. His father is a “sprayer” for a kitchen cabinet mfgr company. Paul is a die caster for a specialty molding company.

Paul married Anne C Roberts sometime after the 1940 census and before the Oct 1940 draft registration.

On his Oct 1940 draft registration Paul lists his wife, Anne, as next of kin at 5210 S Albany in Chicago. Paul is a “die caster” for Heicks Mold Shop (think specialty foundry).

Paul enlisted in the Air Corps 8 Apr 1942 in Cool County. He‘d had four years of high school and was married without dependents. His civil occupation was listed under machine shop and related occupations.

The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county for Illinois show Zima, Paul, Sgt from Cook County as killed in action 5 Jun 1944. Paul was radio operator on B-17 #43-37591 which collided with B-17 42-104095 and crashed two miles east of Neufchatel-Hardelot, Department du Pas de Calais, Nord Pas de Calais on 5 Jun 1944. Missing Air Crew Report 5383.

Anne never remarried. She passed a way in Highland, Lake County, Indiana 17 May 1985 from congestive heart failure.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Boulogne DATE: 1944-06-05  
AIRCRAFT: (43-37591) CAUSE: Collided with 107095  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: F ROW: 12  
GRAVE: 7 CEMETERY: Lorraine Am Cemetery/St Avold  
ID: 5729