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Frank registered to the army in Ferbuary 1942, and enlisted on November 17th, 1942. After completing his training, he was sent to Europe.

He was Prisoner of War since May 28th, 1944, after his plane was shot down, and he was liberated in June 1945. He was detained in Germany.



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Frank Steven Bartak Collection (AFC/2001/001/26707), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Frank Stephen Bartak

Personal information

Gender Man
Date of Birth 09/18/1920
Date of Death 03/12/2003
Place of Birth Merna, Custer County, NE
Place of Death Merna, Custer County, NE
Immigration Grandchild to at least one Czech-born grandparent.
Could speak Czech Not identified
Parents Frank Stephen Bartak and Ruth D. (Anderson) Bartak

Military information

Area of War Europe
Rank S/Sgt.
Branch Air force
Detail of Service 613th Bomb Squadron, 401st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
Prisoner of War