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Last Name:
MONSULICK
First Name Middle Initial:
JOHN
Nick Name:
Street:  612 N CENTRE ST City & State: POTTSVILLE, PA E-Mail:  CMONSULICK@AOL.COM
Zip: 17901 Phone:  (717) 628-5437 Spouse: MARY
Conflict: W.W.II - EUROPEAN THEATRE Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 446TH BG / 704TH BS
Theater: ETO Where Captured: OUTSIDE LUDWIGSHAVEN, GERMANY Date Captured: 08/03/44
Camps Held In: STALAG LUFT 4 How Long Interned: 271 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 05/01/45 Age at Capture: 26
Medals Received: EAME, WWII VICTORY MEDAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL , AIR MEDAL
Military Job: RADIO OPERATOR/GUNNER Company: U.S. AIR FORCE
Occupation after War:  PA STATE STORE

 

Bio:

John E. Monsulick was born 25 July 1918 in St. Clair, PA. He was inducted into the army air corps on 30 march 1942. He received radio operator/gunner training at San Antonio TX and was assigned to the 446th Bomb Group, stationed in England. While on a bombing run to Ludwigshaven, Germany on 31 July 1944 his b-24 was seriously damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the order to bail out was given. The pilot and co-pilot were both last seen fighting the controls as then T/Sgt. Monsulick bailed out. When he reached the ground, he heard shouts and a few gunshots and then nothing. Dad spent the next three days evading capture, finally being brought in by the local civilian police. He spent most of his time in captivity at Stalag Luft IV. It was there that he learned the fate of some of his crew, shot by the German S.S., somewhere between Jan-Feb 1945 my dad became involved in the forced march that came to be known as the "black march". After suffering through a lack of warm clothing and sufficient food as well as sometimes-cruel treatment at the hands of the guards, my father was finally liberated in May 1945. His b-24 was located near Remereville, France some years after the war.

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