Bernard Silbowitz – missing in action over Crete on Oct 28, 1942

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As Memorial Day comes and goes, I would like to remember Second Lieutenant Bernard Silbowitz, who died in action over Crete in 1942. Bernard (1917-1942) was son of Abba Zeev and Jennie Silbowitz. Abba Zeev in turn was son of Chaim Gedalia Zelbovich of Grodno.

As a very young girls, my friend and distant cousin Laurie Caspe remembers Bernard coming to her uncle’s home and scrap metal business in Hutchinson, Kansas in his military uniform.

Below is a copy of the Missing Air Crew Report for the B-17 night mission that ended with Bernard Silbowitz and the rest of the crew going down.