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Richard F Lemanski

Military

Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven, Frankfort, Rostock, Poznan, Belgium, French and Polish objectives. Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #4231576.

Spent 20th and 21st birthdays and fourteen months as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Was the youngest pilot in the 96th Bomb Group and probably in the 8th AF. Although some seriously injured, all crew members survived to return home safely. Crew was credited with many fighter kills.

Service

People

  • James Buttermore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Chappell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jeff Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-31023

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/9/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-Q] Snetterton 15/10/43; with no crew named, crash landed RAF Honington 29/1/44; Salvaged 18/4/44. SKYBALL.

  • 42-31576

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Romulus 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-G] Snetterton 16/1/44; Missing in Action Erkner 8/3/44 with Dick Lemanski, Co-pilot: Jim Buttermore, Navigator: Leroy Chappell,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There aer so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany 8 March 1944 – 1945

Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #4231576. Spent 20th and 21st birthdays and fourteen months as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Was the youngest pilot in the 96th Bomb Group and probably in the 8th AF. Although some seriously injured, all crew members survived to return home safely.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2017 17:58:22 Valerie Lemanski Holley Changes to nickname
Sources

Valerie Lemanski Holley Collection

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2017 12:27:27 Valerie Lemanski Holley Changes to nickname and events
Sources

Valerie Lemanski Holley (Daughter)
Lt Richard F. Lemanski Personal records & Images

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3426 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, MACR 3426, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; Snetterton Falcons, page 98 & 118 (as Howard Lemanski)

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