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Polansky Crew:
Henry L. Polansky - Pilot ASN 0721858 (KIA) Grave Marker
John K. Lancaster - Copilot ASN 0928914
Peter C. Pulrang - Copilot ASN 0824211 (WIA)
Charles J. Allessio - Navigator ASN 0721858 (KIA)
Frederick W. Smickle,Jr. - Bombardier ASN 0785613 (KIA)

Thomas E. Houseman,Jr. - R.O. ASN 33729594
William E. Lewis,Jr. - Engineer ASN 39120406 (KIA)
William D. Almaraz - Gunner ASN 16107205
Eugene J. Graf,Jr. - Gunner ASN 33750770 (KIA)
Edward W. Kussman - Gunner ASN 37261765 (KIA)
Robert L. Rinker - Gunner ASN 39218306
William K. Stevens - Engineer ASN 31268922



  • Charles Allessio

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Charles Allessio graduated from Pittsfield High in 1939. He was son to Mr and Mrs Leo Allessio of Pittsfield, MA, and served in the USAAF as a 2/Lt Navigator with 492nd Bomb Group in England during World War II. He was killed while on a "Carpetbagger"...

  • Eugene Graf

    Military | Corporal | Aerial Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Edward Kussman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    He was a waist gunner B-24 42-50331. He crashed in Walliwall, near Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland and was awarded the Air Medal. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • John Lancaster

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • William Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer
    William served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24H #42-50331, 856th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. ...

  • Henry Polansky

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Peter Pulrang

    Military | Co-Pilot, Pilot

  • William Stevens

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA)



Date Contributor Update
16 September 2020 15:43:20 oconnornj Created entry with collection and caption