Maj. Val W. Bollwerk


(Jack Jenkins)

Maj. Val W. Bollwerk

338th FS - 07 December 1943 - 11 June 1944 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J 42-104396

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
39 31 January 1944 Sweeps in the Eindhoven/Venlo/Arnhem area
45 10 February 1944 Brunswick
63 18 March 1944 Friedrichshafen (Yellow Leader)
97 21 May 1944 Chattanooga No.1
147 11 June 1944 Railroad Targets - France
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable
Damaged
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged  
Score Detail 31 January 1944  Me-109 probable (air) Geldern
10 February 1944  Me-110 destroyed (air) Brunswick
18 March 1944  (3)Me-109 damaged (air) SE Strasbourg
21 May 1944  Hs-129 destroyed (ground) Helmstedt
11 June 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) Beauvais
Notes Born in St Louis, Missouri, 20 March 1918.
Home of Record - St. Louis, MO
ASN - O-398721
07 December 1943 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
17 January 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
14 February 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
07 March 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
14 March 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
11 June 1944 - Prisoner of War
MACR No.05575
2/ Lt. Lawrence J. Berry reported: "I was flying wingman for Major Bollwerk, over France, and we were weaving over another A/C which had been hit by flak; we sighted a Marshalling Yard to our right. Major Bollwerk motioned me to follow, and we both turned in toward the Marshalling Yard to strafe it. After a few bursts from our guns. I saw tracers coming at us, and Major Bollwerk's left engine started smoking, immediately there-after catching fire. He quickly descended and belly landed. I circled three times and saw him climb out of the A/C and start walking down a lane towards two peasants pushing a cart. I noticed that this section was wooded only a small degree, and there was a town dose by, approx. 2 miles, which I cannot positively identify, but believed it to be Beauvais."

German report J 1378, gave Maj. Bollwerk's capture as near Beauvais. (40 miles north or Paris, France).  Major Bollwerk was sent to Stalag Luft III, and then to Moosburg, Stalag Luft VII A.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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