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Irving Eli Podolsky


Irving Podolsky served as a navigator with the 388th Bomb Group.
He was Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft B-17 'Shy Ann' 42-102953 crashed.

He is remembered by his nephew:
"My uncle, Irving E. Podolsky, was a Flight Officer flying out of England during WWII. His plane was shot down September 28, 1944 after a bombing run destroying German oil fields. His place went down over the English Channel and he died."

"I would love to learn more about what happened to him and his crew, and about his missions. Might the American Air Museum have any of this information? My parents and grandparents have all died and as I approach 70 years old I would love to know more about my uncle. I was born just as my mother received news of his death so I was born into the sadness of his loss. Thank you for whatever information you can share with me."

"Thank you too for this wonderful work you are doing to help remember and honor those who gave their lives to defend England and the rest of the world from the Nazi attacks.
Sincerely, Dr. Tom Pinkson"


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102953 Sky Anne

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 13/5/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG [P] Knettishall 16/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Bernard Lord, Co-pilot: Don Trachsel, Navigator: Irving Podolska, Bombardier: Walter Norwicki, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Canajharie, New York, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 28 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
02 June 2015 17:08:41 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations

Combined two entries for Irving E Podolsky into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following source:
Dr Tom Pinkson, Nephew, via AAM Memory Bank.

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9380 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database