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Edward William Kussman


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)



  • 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"...

  • 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. ...



Event Location Date
Born Cumberland, Cass County, Iowa 25 June 1919
Killed in action Kirkwall, Orkney, UK 31 March 1945
Buried Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 20:02:36 oconnornj Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 19:55:56 oconnornj Changes to middlename, service number, events, person associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2016 13:39:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, biography, events and media associations

Correction to birth place and additional details from :
- "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 19 "Killed in Action", by Charles D Taylor

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:39 AAM AAM ingest

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