The story of Am B 17 crew member Sergeant Alvin J. Ellin
He died after parachuting out of a damaged American bomber plane returning from an air raid on Blachownia and the local chemical plant. The bullets of the German gendarme reached the sergeant while still in the air, thus it was a war crime - he had no chance to fight or surrender.
He was buried on October 19, 1944, by the fence next to the chapel in the Jawiszowice cemetery, where, after the liberation, on October 21, 1945, his remains were transferred and he was solemnly buried in the proper grave, then still as an unknown airman. He was exhumed again on October 18, 1947, and his remains, already identified as Sergeant Alvin J. Ellin, were taken by representatives of the United States Army to one of the American military cemeteries.
This pilot was 19 years old at the time of his death, he was the tail gunner in the American B17 Flying Fortress bomber. Of the entire crew of ten who parachuted over Jawiszowice, only he died. Eight were taken prisoner and one, thanks to the help of local residents and soldiers from the Home Army unit, returned to his unit in Italy.
The plane shot down over Jawiszowice by the German Flak anti-aircraft battery stationed in Przecieszyn was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named Św. Francis (St.Francis).