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Frederick W Smickle Jr

Military

30 MAR 1945 - "Operation Carpetbagger"

WWII Operation "Carpetbagger" jumping into Norway.

During WWII he became an OSS agent, and he was on his way to Norway when he was killed in an accident.

His plane a B-24 Liberator with serial number 42-50331 of the 492nd Bombardment Group, 856th Bomb Squadron (The Carpetbaggers) set off from Harrington Northhampshire on 30 March 1945.

There were 19 B-24s involved in mission 919 to support Operation Rype forces in Norway. On board the plane were 6 Norwegian OSS agents who were to parachute into Norway.

Bad weather forced several of the planes to turn back without being able to make their drop. This plane was one of ones forced to turn back. The only survivor reported that there was a fuel problem on the return flight and 2 of the 4 engines stopped and could not be restarted. The pilot could no longer control the plane and gave the order to bail out.

The plane finally crashed at Walliwall at 04:50 on 31 March 1945.

Seven crew members and 6 others on board died in the crash. The co pilot Lt Peter C. Pulrang was the only survivor.

Officers: Henry L. Polansky - Pilot (KIA), John K. Lancaster - Copilot, Peter C. Pulrang - Copilot (WIA), Charles J. Allessio 5143575 - Navigator (KIA), Frederick W. Smickle, Jr. - Bombardier (KIA)

Enlisted Crew: Thomas E. Houseman,Jr. - R.O., William E. Lewis,Jr. - Engineer (KIA), William D. Almaraz - Gunner, Eugene J. Graf,Jr. - Gunner (KIA), Edward W. Kussman - Gunner (KIA), Robert L. Rinker - Gunner, William K. Stevens - Engineer (KIA)

OSS Agents: Trygve Berge (KIA), Edward E. Kjelness (Kjellnes) (KIA), Leif E.K. Meland (KIA), Gerald (Gjerulf) Ottersland (KIA), Johannes S. Nørvick (Rörvik) (KIA), Eddie O. Sondeno (Søndenå) (KIA)

(OSS: Office of Strategic Services, this is CIA today.)

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Killed in Action (KIA) on 31 March 1945 whilst on a mission to drop six Norweigian OSS soldiers over Norway. The aircraft (B-24 Liberator 42-50331) encountered bad weather and the no 4 engine cut out over the Orkney islands. The order was given to bail out, but only the co-pilot escaped.

Service

People

  • Charles Allessio

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    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 | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Edward Kussman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    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 | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • William Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    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 | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Peter Pulrang

    Military | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 490th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Smickle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier on B-24 # 42-30331 -492nd BG - 856th BS | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    30 MAR 1945 - "Operation Carpetbagger" ...

  • William Stevens

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA)

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Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 856th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date
Born
Born Pennsylvania, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2019 03:36:39 usafdo Changes to role
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Date Contributor Update
23 November 2015 10:54:01 Emily Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, service number, role, biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/310763960/

http://www.crashsiteorkney.com/page48.htm

http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Polansky/Polansky%20Crew%20Reports.pdf
http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Polansky/Polansky%20Crew.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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