Fayette County

Sgt. William F. Tomasek

Sgt. Tomasek, 9 Others Bale Out of Fortress

Waucoma—Sgt. William F. Tomasek, son of Mrs. Margaret Tomasek, assistant engineer and gunner and 9 others, aboard an AAF Flying Fortress, ran out of gas when attacked by the Germans, but luckily they were near the English coast when they baled out. At one time, Pilot Lt. Robert W. Moyers, of Vincennes, Ind., flew only 10 feet over the water after the plane was attacked.

Sergeant Tomasek landed on a hill near a steep slope of a 200 foot cliff and one man landed in the water, but all the crew were reunited the next day, uninjured, at Penzance, a coast town.

Sergeant Tomasek entered the service Sept. 23, 1942, and before that ran the Tomaseck meat market.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, February 4, 1944 (photo included)