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Poltava, Ukraine

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

The airfield at Poltava was constructed between April and May 1944. Recon flights began by 7th PRG in late May 1944. Following the end of shuttle bombing operations in September 1944, Poltava remained in operation with a reduced staff mostly to evacuate American air crews who were downed behind Soviet lines in Poland and repair or salvage American aircraft down in Poland. ESCOM Headquarters (at Poltava) remained in operation until June 1945.

English Heritage's record description

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Service

People

  • Paul Cullen

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Commander of 7th PRG 1943

  • William Gaither

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group
    B17 # 42-38145 'Rosalie Ann' Crashed near Buckenham, England, due to mid-air coll. w/ #42-31242 from 388th BG on 19 May 1944. RTD

  • Alfred Kessler

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Michael Kowal

    Military | Major | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Michael Kowal joined the 8th Air Force after obtaining his private pilot's license in Teterboro, NJ. He was assigned to fly B-17 aircraft with the 94th Bomb Group, 333rd Squadron, Bury St Edmunds, England. This group was under the command of Medal of...

  • Francis Kronebusch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Airplane Propeller Mechanic | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Neff

    Military | Captain | Operations | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Roy Ploeger

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the group and a member of Henry Terry crew. He flew the first raid over Germany on 27 Jan 1943. AM

  • Victor Staknis

    Military | Captain | Weather Officer | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Lester Strohl

    Military | Master Sergeant | Military Occupation Specialty 052, Clerk | 388th Bomb Group

Aircraft

  • 42-102493

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Gr Island 21/3/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Bangor 25/5/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 26/5/44; battle damaged en route Poltava 21/6/44 with ?; force landed France; re-ass 49BS/2BG Amendola, It; taxi accident with RAF aircraft...

  • 42-102499

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-Q] Deopham Green 5/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Elias Harris, 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 42-102514

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Gr Island 30/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG [M3- ] Deopham Green 11/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava, with Jim Nelson Rus 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 42-102573

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 30/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Sigmund Swansberg 21/6/44; Salvaged.

  • 42-102587

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 30/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Albert Oswalt 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

  • 42-102603

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 8/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-B] Snetterton 1/5/44; damaged by enemy aircraft at Poltava 21/6/44; Sal; malfunction at Prestwick, Scot, with Harry Faber 12/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45;...

  • 42-102622 Borrowed Time

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 1/5/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Edward Armm 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44. Borrowed Time: The ball turret gunner on this plane, John F....

  • 42-102625

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG Snetterton 1/5/55; transferred 337BS [AW-B]; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Ken Bope 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44. ALL AMERICAN GIRL.

  • 42-102641

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 20/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-K] Snetterton 22/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Lee Seeman 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44.

  • 42-102650

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG [7D- ] Deopham Green 30/4/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Don Hattrem 21/6/44; Salvaged 2/7/44.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2017 09:04:42 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Connected aircraft records that have Poltava in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2016 20:00:36 bombercommand Changes to history
Sources

Beyond The Call by Lee Trimble

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2015 16:39:49 Pete Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 17:02:21 Sam_Martin Changes to history
Sources

Sam Martin, Reference Specialist, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2014 17:11:27 Sam_Martin Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date and history
Sources

Sam Martin, Reference Specialist, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
Primary textual source: RG 334, National Archives, College Park, MD.

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