Valerie Lemanski Holley
My Father Richard F Lemanski MILITARY | LIEUTENANT | PILOT | 96TH BOMB GROUP Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven, Frankfort, 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. Although some seriously injured, all crew members survived to return home safely. Crew was credited with many fighter kills. Lt. Richard F. Lemanski was the youngest Command B-17 pilot in the 96th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force and the European Theater.