7 missions 6 June through 21 June 1944. Crew shot down in German occupied Poland 21 June 1944 on first England/Russia 'Mission Frantic' shuttle raid. 3 of crew taken Prisoner of War (POW), other 7 picked up by Polish Army where they served as partisan infantrymen for 40 days, then returned to allied control when the Polish regiment was ovverrun by Soviet troops. They proved to be the largest number of men from a single crew to evade capture together and return to allied control. Evaded (EVD)
Poland Cross of Valor/ Poland Home Army Cross/ Air Medal/ PH w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon w/ 3 Battle Stars/ Russia Victory Medal
Units served with
The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Gr Island 21/1/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 10/2/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 21/6/44 with Lou Hernandez, Co-pilot: Tom Madden, Navigator: Alf Lea, Bombardier: Joe Baker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony...
||5 February 1919
Son of George A and Sara Rice Lea.
||21 June 1944
||30 December 2005
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Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery