Mustaleski, T. M.

The Thomas M. Mustaleski crew: 709th Squadron

Rattlesden, Apr 4, 1945

Standing L-R  
Lt Thomas Mustaleski P
Lt James Grewe CP
Lt George Szewczyk  
Sgt Armando Cioccke WG
Sgt Alex Staples  ROG
Sgt John Kirkwood Togglier
Kneeling L-R  
Pfc. Ullrich Radio monitor
Sgt P.I. Farley ENG
Sgt Clarence Walker TG
Sgt Carlos Cordova crew chief
Sgt William Grove BTG

 

 

Standing, L-R: Farley, ENG, John Kirkwood, Togglier, Alex Staples, ROG; Armando Cioccke, WG; Clarence Walker, TG; William Grove, BTG Kneeling, L-R: Everett Dyson, NAV James Grewe, CP; Thomas Mustaleski, P

 

 


 

Summer, 1944 RTU, Avon Park, FL
12/44 In Transit (by air)
12/44 709th Squadron, Rattlesden, UK
Missions flown: 32

 

Combat Missions

  NO. DATE TARGET AIRCRAFT COMMENTS
1 202 1/15/45 AUGSBURG 43-38230 Wolf Wagon 1st Pilot on this mission was Cohen
2 204 1/20/45 HEILBRONN 42-97624 Devil’s Mate II  
3 205 1/21/45 MANNHEIM 42-97976 A Bit O’ Lace  
4 206 1/29/45 KASSEL 42-31188 Dead Man’s Hand  
5 207 2/1/45 WESSEL 42-97836 Bugs Bunny Jr.   
6 210 2/9/45 WEIMAR 43-37667   
7 214 2/14/45 WESEL 43-37873 Nazdrowie   
8 214 2/16/45 WESEL 42-97976 A Bit O’ Lace  
9 214 2/19/45 WESEL 43-38605 The BigAss Bird  
10 217 2/23/45 CRAILSHEIM 43-38768  
11 218 2/24/45 BREMEN 43-38605 The BigAss Bird  
12 219 2/25/45 NEUBERG 43-37795  
13 220 2/26/45 BERLIN 43-37795  
14 221 2/27/45 LEIPZIG 43-38849  
15 222 3/1/45 ULM 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
16 223 3/2/45 DRESDEN 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
17 225 3/7/45 DATTELN 43-37873 Nazdrowie  
18 226 3/8/45 FRANKFURT 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick Dyson leaves for retraining, Kirkwood becomes navigator
19 228 3/10/45 DORTMUND 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
20 230 3/12/45 MARBURG 43-38605 The BigAss Bird  
21 232 3/15/45 ORANIENBURG 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
22 239 3/23/45 HOLZWICKEDE 43-38605 The BigAss Bird  
23 240 3/24/45 VARRELBUSCH A/F 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
24 241 3/28/45 HANOVER 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
25 242 3/30/45 HAMBURG 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
26 243 3/31/45 BRANDENBURG 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
27 245 4/4/45 KIEL 42-97976 A Bit O’ Lace Rtn w/o left stabilizer see 42-97976 
28 248 4/8/45 PLAUEN 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
29 252 4/14/45 ROYAN AREA 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
30 253 4/15/45 ROYAN AREA 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
31 254 4/16/45 ROYAN AREA 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  
32 256 4/19/45 DRESDEN 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick  

 


 

The following photos were taken by John Kirkwood during 1945

Tom Mustaleski and Jim Grewe in the cockpit

 

Mustaleski, Grewe, and Dyson in front of barracks

Grewe and Mustaleski

 

Leingang (Krug crew), Walker, Cioccke, Kirkwood and Staples

 

Lined up on the perimeter track, waiting for take-off. Probably February 19, 1945 mission to Wessel

 

Forming up — Group assembly over the field. The lead aircraft is trailing smoke as a visual marker for other pilots.

 

March 8, 1945 — heading to Frankfurt over a solid cloud cover. Aircraft is Pathfinder 44-8365 Z

 

Plauen Raid, April 8, 1945

 

John Kirkwood in the nose of a B-17 during WWII…

…and back in the nose of a B-17 in 1999 (Photo by Rob Kirkwood)

 

 

 


Photos and details courtesy of Mr. Rob Kirkwood