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Robert Michael Polich


Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Hunteburg on 24-Aug-44 in B-17 42-97533 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8208

Robert Polich was born on 7-Jun-21, in Crosby, Minnesota. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in early 1942, and served for a short time with the Coast Artillery before entering the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Polich graduated from flight school and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings on 1-Oct-43. He was trained as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and arrived in England on 8-Apr-44, and began flying combat missions later that month. Lt Polich served with the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group and was shot down while flying his 29th combat mission on 24-Aug-44. He was immediately captured and spent the next five months in a German hospital recovering from injuries he received bailing out of his stricken aircraft. Polich was then moved to the POW camp Stalag Luft III near Sagan, Poland, and was later road marched to Stalag VIIA near Moosburg, Germany. He remained a Prisoner of War of the Germans until his POW camp was repatriated by the U.S. 14th Armored Division on 29-Apr-45. Lt Polich returned to the United States on 21-Jun-45, and left active duty on 1-Dec-45. He stayed in the Air Force Reserve after the war, and retired on 1-Feb-66.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 Battle Stars).



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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

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  • 365th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97533

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/12/43; Langley 14/1/44; Presque Is 11/2/44; Assigned 482BG (H2S) Alconbury 19/2/44; transferred 365BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 20/3/44; ...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
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  • Stalag Luft III

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  • Stalag VII-A

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Event Location Date
Born Crosby, MN 7 June 1921

Son of Mike R and Violet [Perovich] Martin.

Based Chelveston 1944 – 24 August 1944

Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 24 August 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Lufft II and later Stalag VIIa.

Baled out POW Hunteburg, Germany 24 August 1944

Crashed at Hunteburg on 24-Aug-44 in B-17 42-97533 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8208

Died Saint Cloud, MN 30 September 2015
Buried Lakewood Cemetery Crosby, Crow Wing County, MN 10 October 2015

Lakewood Cemetery
Crosby, Crow Wing County, Minnesota


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 21:02:05 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 20:51:16 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8208 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database