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Kocab Zdenek 17th July 2018 18:08

Michael Brezas - February 5, 1954
 
Hello everybody,

does anyone know details of the very last Michaela Brezase´s flight made on February 5, 1954 - e.g. departure time, numbers of aircrafts, pilots names and ranks that parcipated on this flight and also the reason of the crash.

Any help and information is highly appreciated


Zdenek Kocab

Leendert 17th July 2018 23:05

Re: Michael Brezas - February 5, 1954
 
Zdenek,


Cause of crash: midair collison with F-84G of same unit (430 FBS/474 FBG), flown by Capt. Glenn O. Poulson, who also was killed.
Serials found are 51-1106 (Brezas) and 51-10391 (Poulson).


Routine training mission.


Regards,


Leendert

Kocab Zdenek 24th July 2018 19:21

Re: Michael Brezas - February 5, 1954
 
Hi,

Does anyone know the exact date when Maj. Michael Brezas became the Commanding officer of 430th FS.

Thanks

knusel 31st October 2020 15:07

Re: Michael Brezas - February 5, 1954
 
Hello there Gentlemen,

I've found an entry about Michael Brezas that lists the locations of his kills:
https://books.google.ch/books?id=Oq9...20p-38&f=false
However I have trouble with the places
  • Menninger, Germany
  • Buzua, Rumania
  • Blechhammer, Germany
  • Kurin, Czechoslovakia
which I find on no map.
Can anybody help me ?

Michael

Frank Olynyk 31st October 2020 17:07

Re: Michael Brezas - February 5, 1954
 
Michael,

Menninger: location of combat is given as 44-50N, 13-10E, Udine area
Buzua: location is given as Buzau & Zeolisti A/Ds
Blechhammer: a synthetic oil target attacked frequently by 15th AF. Location of combat is given as 10 m S of Bratislavia. See Wikipedia for Blechhammer
Kurin: location of combat is given as 49-20N, 16-35E

Please do not believe the listing of Brezas as being Hispanic, as given in your source. The family was from Austria, as I remember given in a US census report, and as mentioned by his son.

Enjoy!

Frank.

knusel 31st October 2020 18:12

Re: Michael Brezas - February 5, 1954
 
Good evening Frank,

thanks so much for the coordinates. I had a good time finding them on the map. Now I think Michael Brezas scored over what is now Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Rumania and the Czech Republic. That makes him the top P-38 ace over the continent of Europe because William Sloan scored some of his kills over Africa, didn't he ?

Thanks again,

Michael


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