670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Vincent John ("Vince") Jasinski

Passenger,  O-575094

Killed In Training - Jun 25, 1943

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 23-Oct-1912, Spring Valley, Rockland County, New York

Entered Military Service: Date: 22-Jul-1942 At: Ft Jay, Governors Island, NY From: Rockland County, New York
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 32410838

Buried: St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, New York

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Vincent Jasinski, Air Force Officer, Is Killed In Crash

Young Spring Valley Attorney Loses His Life While On Training Flight At Army Air Base At Lake Charles, La.

Word came to Spring Valley last Saturday morning that Lieut. Vincent J. Jasinski had been killed Friday afternoon while on a training flight at the Army Air Base at Lake Charles, Louisiana. Details of the accident that caused his death are meagre. It is understood, however, that the plane in which he was flying collided with another ship and that all the occupants of both planes were killed.

Lieut. Jasinski entered the army July 22, 1942, as a volunteer officer candidate. His law parner, Clifford J. Freund, had followed the same course in May of that year and with the enlistment of Jasinski it was necessary to close the law office.

Reporting at Campl Upton he was assigned to the Army Air Force and sent to Miami Beach, Fla., for basic training. After the completion of basic training he entered Officer Candidate School, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in March of this year. After his graduation, at his request, he was given assignment as an intelligence officer. From Miami Beach he was transferred to Harrisburg, Pa., for further schooling in inteligence. Upon completion of this course he enjoyed a ten-day visit at home before reporting for further training with a bomber group at Will Rogers Field, Okla. He had been at Lake Charles a little more than two weeks when the fatal accident occurred.

Mrs. Jasinksi, the former Miss Elinor Feigl of South Monsey, who was married to Lieut. Jasinski in June, 1941, was wth her husband at Laek Charles. She has been with him throughout almost the entire eleven months of his army service.

The body of the young officer reached Spring Valley today and services with a solemn requiem mass will be held at St. Joseph's Church at 10 o'clock Monday morning, with the Rev. James P. Hearon, former rector of the Spring Valley Church, officiating. Burial will be at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet.

Lieut. Jasinski would have been 21 years old next October. He was born in Spring Valley October 23, 1912, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Jasinski. He attended the Spring Valley schools, graduating from high school in 1929. He attended Notre Dame University and Temple University, and studied law at Fordham Law School, graduating in 1936.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

Pilot's Mission: Air Attack - 2 ship formation

Nature of Accident: Collision in air.

Cause of Accident: Plane No. 42-53790 turned into flight path of plane No. 42-33149

On June 25, an unfortunate accident robbed the Group of five men in one blow. Seconds lieutenants Paul F. Curdy, Howard J. Hilderbrandt, and Vincent J. Jasinski, S/Sgt Richard Wentling, Sgt Lawrence Zelley, and Pvt John Riley were all killed when a B-25 piloted by Lt Curdy collided with Lt Hilderbrandt's A-20 near DeRidder, Louisiana.
(416th BG History 1943)

6-25-43E. Newton, Texas. At 1625, a Douglas A-20G and an A-20C collided in mid-air ten miles southeast of Newton, Texas, killing six fliers aboard both bombers. Killed aboard A-20G #790 were: 2Lt. Howard J. Hildebrandt, pilot; Sgt. Lawrence E. Zelley, gunner; 2Lt. Vincent J. Jasinksi, passenger. Killed in the crash of A-20C #149 were: 2Lt. Paul F. Curdy, pilot; Ssgt. Richard L. Wentling, gunner; Pvt. Thomas F. Riley, passenger. The Accident Classification Committe stated, "This mission consisted of a two airplane formation on a simulated low altitude bombing attack on a tank column operation in the area southeast of Newton, Texas. The airplanes were first sighted by the members of medium tank crews of Company G, 41st Armored Regiment, 11th Armored Division, which was proceeding in column, southerly along a road in that area. When first seen, they were approaching the line of march from the southeast. They were flying in close formation with A-20 #790 to the left of and slightly to the rear of A-20 #149. The pilot of #149 started a turn to the right as if to assume position over the tank column. The pilot of #790 continued momentarily on the line of flight on which it had approached the column and then started a right turn. It is apparent he turned more steeply than #149. The horizontal interval between the airplanes had, for that brief instant, increased but on the execution of the steeper turn by #790, that interval was closed up. Witnesses agree that the first point of contact of the two airplanes was the left wing tip of #149 and the right wing tip of #790, while both were in a banked turn to the right. One of the propellers of airplane #790 cut through the left wing of airplane #149 just ahead of the aileron. The left engine fairing was cut off cleanly. The fuselage of #149 was cut in two places, just in front of the tail group and again at the rear gun turret. Both airplanes crashed into trees approximately 200 yards ahead and approximately 50 yards east of the tank column. Just before #149 struck the trees, one man, later identified as Pvt. Riley, was seen to leave the plane. From the condition of his injuries, and from the fact that he came from the rear part of the wreckage, it is believed that he probably received fatal injuries in the collision of the two airplanes and fell from the airplane rather than jumped. On impact with the ground, both airplanes burst into flames."
(Mireles, Vol. 1, Pgs. 416-417)

See also AAR 43-6-25-7

Photos and Documents
1915 NY State Census
1920 US Census
1925 NY State Census
1930 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Orangetown Telegram (Pearl River, NY), Friday, July 3, 1943
Orangetown Telegram (Pearl River, NY), Friday, July 3, 1943
Orangetown Telegram (Pearl River, NY), Friday, July 9, 1943
The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana) 29 Jun 1943, Tue Page 12
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WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

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