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John H. Hansen Crew
493rd BG - 862nd BS
Shot Down 29 June 1944

Standing Left to Right: Jerome Levy (N), Sidney Benson (CP), John Hansen (P), Malcolm Stich (B), Vernon Polzin (FE)

Kneeling Left to Right: Cyrus Aidala (BTG), John Sanders (WG), Walter Boykowski (TTG), Jose Ramos (R/O), Sylvanus Haskell (NTG)

Crew Roster on final mission:

John H. Hansen - P
Sidney A. Benson- CP
Jerome Levy - N
Malcolm Stich - B
Vernon J. Polzin - FE
Billy Gamillion R/O
Cyrus Aidala - BTG
John E. Sanders - WG
Sylvanus Haskel - NTG
Walter Boykowski - TG

Connections

Units

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Cyrus Aidala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Sidney Benson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; Flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Baled out, and, upon landing, he surrendered to a German gun crew. They...

  • Walter Boykowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; Flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • John Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Sylvanus Haskell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA), MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Jerome Levy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 ...

  • Vernon Polzin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Jose Ramos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • John Sanders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

  • Malcolm Stich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721. Awards: PH.

Locations

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 01:17:45 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 01:13:06 466thHistorian Changes to caption and person associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2016 00:03:36 466thHistorian Changes to caption
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http://dvrbs.com/ccwd-ww2/camdenww2-jeromelevy.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2016 02:16:09 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

493rd BG website

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2016 02:06:25 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.flickr.com/photos/18532986@N07/4269959241/

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