Object Number - UPL 16604 - Destroyed B-17s litter the field at Poltava, Ukraine after an unopposed German air strike the night of June 21-22, 1944.

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.


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


Sergeant George Mondale, Lieutenant Ernest Demaray, Sergeant John McCallum and Lieutenant Roger Soth of the 452nd Bomb Group with Russian personnel. Image via William C Gaither. Letter from Gaither enclosed with print: ‘These photographers were taken at Poltava, Russia on June 22 1944. On June 21st my group, the 452d and others flew from England to Poltava en route hitting oil refinery at Rhurland, Germany. That night after landing German dive bombers bombed the field destroying ninety or more B-17 airc
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Eastern Command Headquarters (ESCOM)


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