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Charles J Allessio


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" mission to occupied Norway when the B-24 he was in crashed on Orkney, Scotland. (See also info on pilot under Henry Polansky on this site).
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)

  • Henry Polansky

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

  • Frederick Smickle

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

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Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    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



Event Location Date
Died Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands 31 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
17 September 2020 20:48:33 oconnornj Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2020 20:42:49 oconnornj Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:44 AAM AAM ingest

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