Albert E BatichMilitary
Albert Batich, navigator, is standing in the middle of the back row (not wearing a hat).
Eugene Lescarbeau, waist gunner, is kneeling on the far left.
This ship came to the 379th BG in June 1943 & was originally assigned to the 524th BS Fuselage Code WA-Y. After a few missions she was transferred to the to the 526th BS & given two codes LF-Y then LF-L. She had only nine missions.. Pilot: We were flying at 28,000 and were hit by AA fire. The order to bail out was given but only six of the crew were able to do so. I believe the rest of the crew were killed before or during the way down; all controls & communications were out. The ship crashed near Ratzburg, Germany.
Albert Batich was identified in this photo by his son-in-law, Louis LaRusso.
Albert Batich served as a navigator with the 524th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. On 25 July 1943, he was flying in B-17 42-5917 when it crashed near Hamburg. Batich survived and was taken as a Prisoner of War. He was held in Stalag Luft III.
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|Cleveland, Ohio||26 September 1921|
|31 October 1984|
|Callahan, FL 32011, USA|
Research shared by Albert Batich's son-in-law, Louis LaRusso. Sources:
Records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
NARA WWIII POW records (see also: http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=42962)