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Richard Sheraski

Military

A on supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All the crew was killed instantly. Plane was named 'Old Veteran'

Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Clusters' Purple Heart

Staff Sergeant Richard Sheraski was born September 16, 1924. His next of kin were his father, John Sheraski, and his sister, Terese Rubesam. He was from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
On March 24, 1945, he was serving as the Nose Turret Gunner aboard “The Old Veteran,” B-24 tail #42-95240, of the 389th Bomb Group, 564th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Wesel, Germany. The entire crew was killed in the crash.
He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.

Service

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95240

    B-24 Liberator
    On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Manitowoc, WI, USA 16 September 1924

Staff Sergeant Richard Sheraski was born September 16, 1924. His next of kin were his father, John Sheraski, and his sister, Terese Rubesam. He was from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Died 24 March 1945

On March 24, 1945, he was serving as the Nose Turret Gunner aboard “The Old Veteran,” B-24 tail #42-95240, of the 389th Bomb Group, 564th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Wesel, Germany. The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Buried

He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 04:46:09 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:23 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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