John W. Nozynski

Syracuse Herald-Journal, June 30, 1944
Lieut. John W. Nozynski, 26, is a prisoner of war of Germany, Mrs. Nozynski, his wife, of 404 Gertrude Avenue, Solvay, has been informed through the International Red Cross.

Lieut. Nozynski is a navigator and received his wings January 15, 1944. He went overseas May 5, this year. He and Mrs. Nozynski have a son, Raymond, 16 months old. A brother, Pfc. Frank Nozynski, is in service in Italy.

Lieut. Nozynski is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nozynski of 1208 West Genesee Street. He attended Sacred Heart and Central High Schools and had been employed at the Brown-Lipe-Chapin plant before joining the Army.

Nozynski was a navigator on a B-24 mission for the 389th Bomber Group. The target was Saarbrucken, Germany. Nozynski's plane, named War Champ, was one of two planes lost to flak on this mission.

Syracuse Herald-American, August 6, 1944
Rolls Up 500 Hours as Nurse
Aid, Works All Day as Well

Miss Nozynski Has Four Brothers
in Uniform, Invalid Father

Among the most active wartime workers in Syracuse is Miss Ann C. Nozynski, 1208 West Genesee Street, a defense plant employee and a Red Cross nurse’s aid with four brothers who have seen service in the armed forces. One of them now is a prisoner of war.

Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nozynski of the West Genesee Street address, Ann not only works eight hours a day at her defense plant job, but has put in more than 500 hours in 18 months as a Red Cross volunteer nurse’s aid at Crouse-Irving Hospital.

Her father has been an invalid for some time, and in addition to her war work, Ann takes care of him, utilizing her nurse’s aid training in the task. She is trying to complete her education in part-time school work so that she may don a nurse’s uniform some day.

Ann’s four brothers are Lieut. John W. Nozynski and privates Francis, Joseph and Walter Nozynski. The latter two have been honorably discharged.

Lieut. John Nozynski, who went overseas in May as a navigator with the Army Air Forces, is now a prisoner of war in Germany. Pvt. Francis Nozynski went overseas in 1942 with the infantry and is in the fighting in Italy.

Pvt. Joseph Nozynski first enlisted with the paratroopers and then transferred to the engineering corps. he was overseas a year, serving in Scotland and England, before being sent home with an honorable discharge. He is now employed by the New York Central Railroad.

Pvt. Walter Nozynski, who was stationed at Fort Bragg, South Carolina, was honorably discharged from the Army only recently because of a cardiac condition.


Syracuse Herald-Journal, October 6, 1944
Michael Nozynski of 1208 West Genesee Street died Friday. Surviving are his wife, Josephine; four sons, Walter and Joseph of Syracuse; Lieut. John Nozynski, a prisoner of war in Germany, and Pvt. Francis Nozynski, serving in France; five daughters, the Misses Marion, Irene and Ann Nozynski, Mrs. Robert Bowman and Mrs. Joseph Bishop and five grandchildren.


Syracuse Herald-Journal, December 4, 1944
War Department notification has been received that Pvt. Francis W. Nozynski, 24, was killed in action in France November 11.

He was the husband of Mrs. Louise Nozynski, 1208 West Genesee Street, and a son of Mrs. Josephine Nozynski.

An infantryman, he enlisted June 9, 1942, and went overseas in December, 1942. He also was a veteran of the African and Italian campaigns. A brother, Lieut. John W. Nozynski, a prisoner of war in Germany, enlisted the same day.

Before enlisting, Pvt. Nozynski was employed at the Syracuse Heat Treating Company. He also worked in Newark, New Jersey.


Syracuse Herald-Journal, August 23, 1945
Six Syracuse boys who recently returned to the States have reported to the AAF Redistribution Center, Atlantic City. They are:

Lieut. Maurice G. Fikes of 138 Mosley Drive, a veteran of 16 months in the European theater as pilot of a B-17, who completed 15 combat missions and wears the Air Medal with two clusters.

Lieut. Nicholas A. Getting of 2015 Milton Avenue, a veteran of 14 months overseas, with 43 combat missions to his credit as navigator on a B-24 and holder of the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

Lieut. Frederick W. Pulver Jr. of 805 Comstock Avenue, a veteran of 12 months overseas as bombardier on a B-24 withe five missions to his credit.

S/Sgt. Carl Van DeWalker of Malden Road, a veteran of 19 months overseas as gunner on a bomber with 17 missions to his credit and holder of the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the European Theater of Operation Ribbon.

Lieut. John Nozynski of 404 Gertrude Avenue, a veteran of ten months overseas as navigator on a B-24 with two combat missions to his credit.

Second Lieut. Edward J. Gorman Jr. of 105 Michaels Avenue, a veteran of 16 months overseas as navigator on a Fortress and with one combat mission to his credit.


Syracuse Herald-Journal, May 4, 1984 
John W. Nozynski, 65. of 303 Stanton Ave.. Solvay. died Thursday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center after a long illness.

Born in Syracuse, Mr. Nozynski lived in Solvay 42 years. He was an Army Air Corps second lieutenant during World War II.

Mr. Nozynski served as a navigator on a B-24 bombing mission over Germany m 1944. He was shot down at Saarbrucken and was a prisoner of war for 11 months. During that time he was marched more than 1,000 miles. He visited his former prison camp in 1979, now the site of an apartment complex.

Mr. Nozynski was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Stanley B. Pennock Post 2893.

He was former past president and founder of Geddes Veterans of World War II. He was founder and former commander of the American Ex-Prisoners of War Inc., Syracuse Chapter, and was recipient of the National Commander's Award.

He also was a member of Polish National Alliance 2041 and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.

Mr. Nozynski served as Democratic trustee in the Second Ward in Solvay for three terms between 1949 and 1955. While serving as Solvay Parks Commissioner, he researched the construction of Gertrude Street Park which included a swimming pool and recreation facility.

He was associated with General Electric Co. and General Motors Corp.

Surviving are his wife, Nellie V. Zamojski Nozynski; three sons, Lt. Col. Raymond J., serving with the Air Force in Dalzell, S.C.. John H. of Tampa, Fla. and Dr. Paul F.; a daughter, Mrs. David M. Eischens; a brother; five sisters; and two grandchildren.

Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

His widow, Nellie V. Zamojski Nozynski, died in January, 2004. She was employed 21 years with the Solvay School District and was head cook at the Hazard Street School, retiring in 1983.
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