New England Air Museum
Emil "Doby" Dobrowolski


Recent Address:

6020 N. 10th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013



Family Information:

Parents: Walter and Carrie


Detroit, MI

Date Entered Service:

May, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Guatemala (December, 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Service Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Service Schools Attended:

Casey Jones Jun 1942; Wright Institutel of Aeronautics August 1942

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB, Crew Chief

Rank Upon Discharge:

Master Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew / Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6319 Himalaya Hussy

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

September, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Korea at Luke AFB; Vietnam at Luke AFB

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

General Foreman on the C-119 and C-123 and Test Cell TPE Technician

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Made a better person out of me.


Mr. Dobrowolski was tje Crew Chief on Himalaya Hussy.  He was injured during a bomb loading explosion on January 14 1945 and was awarded a Service Medal for moving an injured man from the site of the explosion.  The citation read in part:

“...for heroism involving voluntary risk of life on 14 January 1945 during an aircraft explosion. Upon hearing the explosion, Master Sergeant DOBROWOLSKI rushed to the aircraft and was successful in removing seriously injured men to an ambulance. Despite a series of explosions of gas tanks, bombs and ammunition, he attempted to return to rescue other personnel and was wounded in the head, back and leg by shrapnel, forcing him to retreat. His heroic actions and utter disregard for his own safety in his efforts to aid injured personnel are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Army Air Forces and reflect great credit on himself and the XX Bomber Command.”

Mr. Dobrowolski passed away September 16, 2004 and is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, AZ


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