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12 1944-01-27 Aircraft: B-17G (#42-31023).
Organization: 339BS / 96BG of Snetterton Heath, Norfolk.
......Pilot: Lemanski, Richard F.........
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Troston, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology
As Lt. Lemanski commented, "Not a way to land an airplane but ANY landing you can walk away from is a good landing!"



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Date Contributor Update
10 April 2017 17:54:52 Valerie Lemanski Holley Changes to collection and caption

Valerie Lemanski Holley Collection

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2017 13:27:44 Valerie Lemanski Holley Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven , Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven........, Frankfort Mission 198.....
, Rostock, Poznan, Belgium, French and Polish objectives. Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #4231576. 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.