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Xita, Costa

Name and Rank, Staff Sergeant Kosta Xita.

Unit/Placed in, 374th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group (Heavy).


Kosta was born approx. on 1922 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.


Father, Chris Xita.

Mother, Pheresofone Xita.

Sister, Angelina Xita.


He enlisted  the service on Oct. 5, 1942 at Pennsylvania with service number # 13124587.


Kost’s his Crewmembers and positions on the B-24 were,


2ndLt.          Lyle L. Schulzkump            Pilot

2ndLt.          Rex D. Arnold                   Co Pilot

2ndLt.          Seymour Goldsmith           Navigator

2ndLt.          Luther W. Tate                 Bombardier

S/Sgt.           Kosta Xita                        Engineer

S/Sgt.           John R. Rice                     Radio Operator

S/Sgt.           Matthew O. Kelsey            Asst. Engineer

S/Sgt.           Robert V. Sayer                Gunner

S/Sgt.           Anthony S. Kryscio            Radar Observer

T/Sgt.          Paul J. Koerner                 Gunner


Kosta Xita was a Staff Sergeant/Engineer (B-24) in the 374th Bomber Squadron.


Kosta was KIA because (presumably) his plane was attacked, shot and crashed in sea, on May 26, 1944, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Costa is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Tablets of the Missing.


Thanks to

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com


On May 26, 1944, he was flying as an Engineer on a radar reconnaissance mission. Attempting to get below threatening weather, the aircraft hit Morshih Kou Shan Mountain, between the villages of Na Fa and Ta Shaun. The aircraft was equipped with long-range extra fuel tanks, and the resulting explosion after crash was so severe that only small fragments of the aircraft were recovered. All aboard died, and no remains were recovered.
Missing Air Crew Report 5346 lists the pilot as Lt. Lyle L. Schulzkump.
Many of the aircraft assignment records, mission loading lists, and air crew assignments from 308th Bomb Group are missing or illegible..

374th Bomber Dquadron
308th Bomber Group
Chengkung Airfield, China
Flying Tigres (CBI) USAAF
His rank Staff Sergeant
308th Bomber Group Tail Markings