Richard F Lemanski

Military

Object Number - UPL 27270 - Richard F Lemanski

Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven, Frankfort, Rostock, Poznan, Belgium, French and Polish objectives.

Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #42-31576.

Spent 20th and 21st birthdays and fourteen months as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Was the youngest pilot in the 96th Bomb Group and probably in the 8th AF. Although some seriously injured, all crew members survived to return home safely. Crew was credited with many fighter kills.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 1944-03-08 Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #42-31576. Spent 20th and 21st birthdays and fourteen months as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Was the youngest pilot in the 96th Bomb Group and probably in the 8th AF. Although some seriously injured, all crew members survived to return home safely.

Revisions

Date23 Jan 2022 04:13:57
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Updated the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date10 Apr 2017 17:58:22
Sources

Valerie Lemanski Holley Collection

Date5 Apr 2017 12:27:27
Sources

Valerie Lemanski Holley (Daughter)
Lt Richard F. Lemanski Personal records & Images

Date27 Sep 2014 18:22:34
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3426 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, MACR 3426, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; Snetterton Falcons, page 98 & 118 (as Howard Lemanski)

Richard F Lemanski: Gallery (30 items)