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Henry Lee Polansky


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"...

  • 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)

  • William Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    William served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24H #42-50331, 856th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. ...

  • Frederick Smickle

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

  • William Stevens

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA)

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  • 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
Died Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands 31 March 1945

On the night of 30/31 March 1945 the bomber crew crashed in the Orkney Islands killing all on board but Lt Peter C. Pulrang. The crash was the largest loss of life (13) in the Group during the war.


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