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Samuel Joseph Polhamus


Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.


Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb 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...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Tulsa, OK, USA 15 October 1921
Enlisted Tulsa, OK, USA 4 September 1942
Based Debach 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Tulsa County, OK, USA 29 March 1992
Buried 9101 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74137, USA April 1992

Calvary Cemetery,
Tulsa County, OK


Date Contributor Update
09 March 2018 10:39:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /