Josef Bonk, Corporal (Obergefreiter) Army Infantry and Luftwaffe upper command translator/linquist
Pastry shop clerk born 1919 in Bochówko Poland (Hohenlinde Pommern). Polish citizen who moved to Germany and got the German nationality on 10.2.39. He served: Sep.39 with the MG platoon of Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon 102 in Chemnitz; discharged Nov.39 and called-up again in 1941 now serving with the Luftwaffe; Aug.41-Feb.42 with Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 24 in Olmütz Mähren and Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 14 in Klagenfurt; Feb.-Aug.42 at Luftwaffe airfield Fliegerhorst Bad Döslau; Aug.42-Jan.45 (as translator) with the staff of Luftflotte 4, Luftflottenkommando 4, active in Russia (Black Sea area, Taman, assault on Stalingrad !! (Aug.-Nov.42 listed in the battle list), Caucasus, Terek, Kursk, Prosskurow), Poland (Morczyn), Romania (Ramnicut Sarat), Hungary (Debrecen, Tavares). During this time he was May 44 attached to Sprachmittler-Abteilung der Luftwaffe in Olmütz Mähren, a special unit for Luftwaffe translators, indicating he was a translator of the Luftwaffe. Indicated in his Wehrpass is that he spoke polish and italian. Jan.-Mar.45 he served with Flieger-Ersatz-Bataillon XVII in Seyring near Wien Austria.