Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Lancaster Man as ‘Veteran of the Month’
Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today recognized U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Sergeant and prisoner of war Casmier “Casey” Bukowski of Lancaster, NY as his office’s ‘Veteran of the Month.’
“Mr. Bukowski turned his passion for airplanes into a career that made a huge impact his life,” said Congressman Collins. “I am honored to present Mr. Bukowski with a small gesture of gratitude for his service to our nation during World War II. It is veterans like Mr. Bukowski who are great assets to our communities and it is imperative to recognize him, along with the numerous patriotic veterans in New York’s 27th District who continue to serve our country.”
Casmier “Casey” Bukowski enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps as a gunner on a B-17 airplane which was nicknamed “Friday the 13th”. Mr. Bukowski flew out of Ridgewell, England and completed 14 successful missions. On his 15th mission, Mr. Bukowski’s plane was shot down by German Bf 110 fighters. Out of the seven crew members on the mission, only three survived the attack. Mr. Bukowski sustained serious injuries from the impact, including one that would later require his right eye to be removed. He was taken as a prisoner of war by German soldiers and sent to a POW camp in East Prussia. Mr. Bukowski was forced to march for 82 days before being liberated by American soldiers in Leipzig. When Mr. Bukowski returned home, he was honorably discharged and received the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, and the Prisoner of War Medal.
Amongst friends and family, Mr. Bukowski was presented with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.
To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to NY27Veteran@mail.house.gov, or contact our district office at (716) 634-2324.