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November 30, 2011

Loy Dickinson, WWII war hero and former POW dines at Pasta Jay’s, Lone Tree


Dear Folks:

Yesterday my family had lunch with Loy Dickinson, a WWII war hero and POW, his wife Karol and sister-in-law Judi at Pasta Jay’s in Lone Tree. Loy was an aviator on a B17 bomber that was shot down over southern Czechoslovakia on Aug 29th, 1944. My great Uncle, Joe Owsianik, was a gunner on that plane. Both Loy and Joe parachuted to safety only to be captured by the Nazi’s. Both spent the rest of the war in Nazi prison camps until they were liberated in May 1945. The entire 20th squadron of the 2nd Bombardment Group were shot down that day in a small area near the town of Slavicin. 40 airmen died, 46 were captured, and 4 escaped. The story is chronicled in the book “Mighty By Sacrifice”.

Loy and his wife now live in Parker, CO.

Nicole, Meghan and the rest of the Lone Tree crew treated us like royalty. The restaurant was very clean, the service was great, and the food was fantastic.

Mike Colucci


  1. And I add that MikeĀ“s great uncle, mentioned Joe Owsianik, bailed out and landed few miles away from my born town. Joe got in touch with me in 2004 and visited us in 2005 and 2007. We became best friends forever.
    Joe passed away on Nov 1,2010. We visited him in USA 3 weeks before he died. His share on liberating our country will never be forgotten. Also sacrifice of those who perished and those who survived will never be forgotten.

    Thank you Mike for posting this.

    Roman Susil
    Zlin, Czech Republic

    P.S. Mike Colucci visited us this year too

    Comment by Roman Susil — December 7, 2011 @ 7:47 pm
  2. Although I come from the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia), I was lucky enought to meet Loy Dickinson, Joe Owsianik and Mike Colucci too. On Aug 29,1944, 9 B-17Gs from 2nd BG were shot down over my born town. Both Loy and Joe were lucky, bailed out and survived the war. In 2004 when Loy visited us for a comemmoration I got in touch with him. He got me in touch with Joe Owsianik who landed few miles away from my born town on is chute. Joe and I became the best friends. Forever. Joe visited us and all the crash sites in 2005 and 2007. Last year in October we visited Joe in USA. Just few days before his death as he passed away on Nov 1, 1944.
    Share of those who survived on liberating our country and sacrifice of those who perished will never be forgotten.

    Thank you Mike for posting this and say hello to your family!

    Roman Susil
    Zlin, Czech Republic

    Comment by Roman Susil — December 8, 2011 @ 1:36 am
  3. Thank you so much for your comments, Roman.

    Comment by Linda Lee — December 14, 2011 @ 8:27 am

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