I discover thes eold message only today. I hoe that you will can to read it.
I am a french aviation historian who did deep research on the Captain Robert W. Hornbaker'crew and the plane # 41-29412, "Strictly from Hunger".
I posed few pictures of Cy Bolash, and visited in 1989, the Arlington cemetery where I
let a flower on the grave of S/Sgt Cyril W. Bolash.
Cathy, May 10'1944 was the first most hard mission that suffered the 464th BG. That day, Cy received a direct hit of Flak'shell.
The original Captain Hornbaker crew who flew from the USA to Italy (Gioia del Colle temporary airbase) was :
- Capt Robert W. Hornbaker, pilot
- Lt Stillman J. Harding, copilot
- Lt Carl A. Gein bombardier
- Lt Richard B. Nilles, navigator
- an undentified suplemantare navigator
- T/Sgt Alfred R. Karow, top turret gunner
- S/Gt Richard E. Viereck, nose turret gunner
- S/Sgt Cyril W. Bolash left waist gunner
- S/Sgt Edwin J. Draney, radio-ops, right waist gunner
- S/sgt William J. Harcher, lower ball gunner
- Geyer Stafford, tail turret gunner
Lt Harding was badly wounded seriously by flak bullet
Cy was killed in action
Stafford was wounded
Cathy, today, on these entire original crew, only Lt Harding is stil living (99 years old) in the Utah'state.
The plane was not "41-29412" on the May 10'mission. It was a replacement'plane because 41-29412 had engine trouble on the taxi way. Captain Hornbaker'crew was that day in Deputy Leader posion (in rear an right side of the leader of the 778 squadron).
After back close to Foggia because not possibility of back at their home base Captain Hornbaker and his crew safe back to Gioia del Colle.
On 25 may 1944, target to Givors, in Rhône valley, France, 41-29412 was shot down with two engines (left engines) in fire.
Crew of 25 May 1944 :
- Captain Hornbaker, pilot, KIA
- Lt Ray Burklund, copilot in replacement of Harding, captured
- Gein, Nilles, Draney and Harcher bailled out too far over the frenches coasts.
All reported toady MIA.
- Lawrence E. Reinecke was in replacement of Cy. His parachute did not oppened, he was killed when he hit the ground very close... the Hospital of the town of Cannes.
- Karow bailled out and was captured
- "Rollie" Baryenbruch was in replacement of Greyer Statford. Rollie was Pow.
- Sgt Denal Hoffman was in replacement of sgt Richard Viereck (who had bad sick).
Body of sgt Hoffman was never recovered and still statued as MIA today.
You can visit and contact us at : www.aero-relic.org
I have document about Cy, and mainly, the personnal journal of Al Karow who relate this terrible mission of May 10'1944, when Cy was deadly hit.
Al died one year ago, I visit 4 time him, as he came back here at Cannes, France, for the celebration of the 50th anniveary of the fall of 41-29412.
Have a nice day,
Hope that this message will can arrive at you
On the 464th BG'Internet site, a wonderfull picture of Cy is showed.