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Alexander Wisniewski *** U.S. Army/Air Corps *** 1936-1944


Alex's 1st enlistment was in February 1936-1939, with the U.S. Army, 7th Field Artillery. Basic training was at Fort Devons, MA, was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont and later Monteray, California. While only a few short years before the start of WWII, his photographs from this era show an Army that still had units of Cavalry horse drawn weapons, early aircraft of the Army Air Corps and outdated armor. In contrast are photographs of the evaluation and exhibit of armor, artillery, the M-1 Garand and other infantry weapons utilized in WWII. With the outbreak of war on the horizon, Alex reenlisted into the Army Air Corps, was trained as an aircraft mechanic in November 1941 at Chanute Air Field, Illinois and then transferred to Ogden Air Depot, Utah. During the war he flew as a flight mechanic on several missions over Germany serving with Group H, 303rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force in England. On January 11, 1944, on his 12th bombing mission, Staff Sergeant Alexander "Tish" Wisniewski was killed in action over Germany.
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