He was one of eight children of August and Hulda (Janke) Dschaak. His father, August, immigrated from Eupatoria, Crimea, Russia on the ship ‘Armenia’.  His sister is Gladys (Dschaak) Williams, who still survives at the time of this writing. His father was living in Mead, WA at the time of Alvin’s burial upon return to the US. Alvin was married to the former Lillian Rice of Hamilton, MT, who later married James Wallace.

Sgt. Alvin Dschaak and Lillian Rice Dschaak

 

SGT, USAAF WWII

34th BG, 7th B Sq- Radio Operator

(subsequently re-assigned)

376th BG, 515th B Sq- Turret Gunner

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As the Radio Operator on B-24E #42-7119, 34th BG, 7th B Sq, he successfully bailed out of the aircraft before it crashed on 10 June 1943 over Weed, Siskiyou Co, CA. You can read more about this incident in an article on the Mt. Shasta News.com website. 

He went on to serve in the European theater, having been re-assigned to the 376th BG, and volunteered on a mission on his 22nd birthday to serve as a nose turret gunner. B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig’ was on a mission from San Pangrazio, Italy to Sofia, Bulgaria, when the aircraft was rammed by a damaged Bulgarian Bf 109G-2 flown by Dimitar Spisarevski (KIA) of 3/6 Orlyak and crashed at Pancharevo, Bulgaria. There were 9 KIA, Alvin amongst them, and one taken as a POW.

His remains were returned in November of 1949 on the U S Army transport ship The Private Lawrence Victory.  He received an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and a
purple heart for wounds leading to his death.

Source: Sgt. Alvin Dschaak memorial on Find a Grave.com  Additional information can be found in regards to the crewmen on the two downed aircraft that Alvin served on at this link.

  5 Responses to “Sgt Alvin Dschaak gave his life serving as a WWII airman”

  1. Hi I am the youngest of Betty Dschaak Clary’s children . Betty is Alvin’s youngest sister . Could you tell me where the head stone is ?

    • There is more information on the link to the Find A Grave.com website. It lists burial as:

      Custer National Cemetery
      Crow Agency
      Big Horn County
      Montana, USA
      Plot: SECTION D SITE 125

  2. And how to join this site ???

    • Sorry about the late response. Was having technical issues with the site. There is no joining per se. What are you wanting to do?

  3. Thank you for getting back to me , it is greatly appreciated .
    Kimberly

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