Veteran of World War II - Army Air Corps
MAJOR BLAIR G. BELONGIA
February 20, 1921 - April 16, 1980
92d BG (Brigade) , 325th Sq. (Squadron)
burial: Mountain Cemetery, Mountain, Wisconsin
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress: four-engine heavy bomber used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II.
Distinguished Flying Cross
Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Lieutenant Colonel
Air Medal Ribbon
(1940's news article researched and contributed by: Dean Schaal from his mother's wartime scrapbook)
Special in Press-Gazette
SURING, Wis.— Major Blair Belongia, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Omer Belongia of Mountain, has returned from two years of overseas duty and is spending a leave with his parents and wife.
Belongia enlisted in the Ary Air corps August 16, 1941. He received his pilot's training in Californai and his fortress training in Florida. He went to England Aug. 16, 1942, as pilot of a B-17, Flying Fortress. Later he was pronoted to operations officer and squadron leader.
During his stay in England he completed his required combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf clusters, and the Air medal with three Oak Leaf clusters. During combat he had several narrow escapes, including cradhing in water twice and once more on land, with no injuries to his crew. He was promoted to Major last May. Following his leave he will report in Miami, Fla.
Aircraft That Ditched
Aircraft B-17 063 J 1235 ditched Pedensey Bay near Beachy Head, sea very rough, but perfect landing lost first engine five minutes after crossing enemy coast at 1215, second five minutes later, last two out within two minutes of each other 1230-1233. Hit by flak near primary target area caused loss of gas and forward controls and flew sideways. Picked up 1310. A/c (aircraft) floated 35 minutes.
Second ditching for Belongia. First was 26 June 1943.
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