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George Lesko


Prisoner of War (POW) Bailed out near Schoenecken, France from B-24 "Ginger" #4129177 on 8/26/44 The SS executed 4 of the crew after they surrendered, one died during bailout, 4 survivors as Prisoner of War (POW), and one (pilot Ralph Shaffer) was seen to successfully exit the aircraft but was never found.

POW/ Air Medal/Purple Heart/WW II Victory Medal, AEAM medal, ETO


Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-29177 Ginger

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by by AA over Ludwigshafen, Germany 26 August 1944, MACR 8471, managed to stay airborne until Saarbrücken, Germany where after coming under further AA fire, was abandoned by its crew and crashed near Schoeneck, France. The SS executed four of the...

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 26 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 04:40:52 ausonius Changes to biography

Tim Shaffer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database