Poltava

Airfield
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

Object Number - FRE 1832 - Sergeant George Mondale, Lieutenant Ernest Demaray, Sergeant John McCallum and Lieutenant Roger Soth of the 452nd Bomb Group with Russian personnel....

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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.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 730th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0816243
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
  • Service Numbers: O-17852
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 730th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-14903
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 333rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 729th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Bugs Bunny
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 338th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date8 Jun 2017 09:04:42
ContributorLucy May
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Connected aircraft records that have Poltava in their biography fields.

Date19 Mar 2016 20:00:36
Contributorbombercommand
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Beyond The Call by Lee Trimble

Date26 Jun 2015 16:39:49
ContributorPete
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date28 Oct 2014 17:02:21
ContributorSam_Martin
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Sam Martin, Reference Specialist, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Date27 Oct 2014 17:11:27
ContributorSam_Martin
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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