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Falk  Jack G.

Jack G.  Falk
Second Lieutenant
Serial Number:
446th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group
Date of Death:
New Jersey
Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, Union County, New Jersey

Jack Falk was born on November 13, 1916 and was from New Jersey. He served as the Bombardier on B-25 “Spider’s Frolic Pad (43-27737).
On March 21, 1945, B-25 (43-27737) “Spider’s Frolic Pad” Tail #42 was on a mission to bomb a railroad bridge at Campo di Trues, near the Brenner Pass. The plane was part of the 446th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, 57th Bomber Wing, of the 12th Air Force. Departing Solenzara, Corsica, the plane was part of a 15-plane mission to bomb this heavily defended site. Brenner Pass site. After dropping its bombs, the plane was hit by flak and lost an engine. The Pilot, Captain Herman Everhart, who was on his 60th mission, attempted to fly the plane to find a site to make an emergency landing. Over Switzerland, near the Italian border by Lake Lugano, Everhart directed the crew to bail out. The crew bailed out; four safely landed and were interned by the Swiss Government. The Co-Pilot, Flight Officer Charles Callaway’s parachute didn’t open and he died upon impact on Monte Gheggio near Curio, Switzerland (A memorial remembers Callaway in Curio). Everhart bailed out last and while coming down was shot by the enemy on the ground and killed. Observers of the incident on both sides of the border yelled at the enemy for murdering the pilot. A memorial remembers Captain Everhart located on the side of the Basilica SS Crocifisso (Holy Cross) in Lavena Ponte Presa. (Reference Missing Aircraft Report {MACR}: 13203.
Falk survived the crash and was interned in Switzerland for the rest of the war. He was a founding member of the Swiss Internee Association.
Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ) - Sunday, February 20, 2005 OBITUARY A Mass for Jack G. Falk , 88, of Westfield will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Helen's Church, Westfield, after the funeral from the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield. Mr. Falk, who died Thursday in Berkeley Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Berkeley Heights, worked in sales for the Coastal Oil Co., now Conoco Oil Co., in Newark before retiring as vice president of marketing. After retiring, he became a consultant for British Petroleum Co. An Air Force veteran of World War II, he was shot down over Italy and was interned in Switzerland until the end of the war. Mr. Falk was one of the founders of the Swiss Internees Association, where he served as treasurer. He was also a longtime member of the Roselle Golf Club and a member of the Hole-in-One Club. Born in Brooklyn, he lived in Elizabeth and Cranford for 40 years before moving to Westfield 11 years ago.