2LT Henry L Polansky

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2LT Henry L Polansky

Birth
Jourdanton, Atascosa County, Texas, USA
Death 31 Mar 1945 (aged 20)
Orkney Islands, Scotland
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 2, plot 207
Memorial ID 3662473 · View Source
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On the night of 30/31 March 1945 the bomber crew crashed in the Orkney Islands killing all on board but Lt Peter C. Pulrang. The crash was the largest loss of life (13) in the Group during the war.

Officers:
Henry L. Polansky - Pilot ASN 0721858 (KIA)
John K. Lancaster - Copilot ASN 0928914
Peter C. Pulrang - Copilot ASN 0824211 (WIA)
Charles J. Allessio 5143575 - Navigator ASN 0721858 (KIA)
Frederick W. Smickle,Jr. - Bombardier ASN 0785613 (KIA)

Enlisted Crew:
Thomas E. Houseman,Jr. - R.O. ASN 33729594
William E. Lewis,Jr. - Engineer ASN 39120406 (KIA)
William D. Almaraz - Gunner ASN 16107205
Eugene J. Graf,Jr. - Gunner ASN 33750770 (KIA)
Edward W. Kussman - Gunner ASN 37261765 (KIA)
Robert L. Rinker - Gunner ASN 39218306
William K. Stevens - Engineer ASN 31268922 (KIA)

OSS Agents:
Trygve Berge ASN 39031393 (KIA)
Edward E. Kjelness ASN 39230883 (KIA)
Leif E.K. Meland ASN 32869494 (KIA)
Gerald Ottersland ASN 32624142 (KIA)
Johannes S. Nørvick ASN 37311880 (KIA)
Eddie O. Sondeno ASN 39614907 (KIA)
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THE EMPORIA GAZETTE, EMPORIA, KANSAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 13, 1945, FRONT PAGE

LT. H.L. POLANSKY KILLED IN ACTION
Lt. Henry L. Polansky was killed in action in Germany March 31, according to a War department message received Thursday by his wife, Laura Louise Daum Polansky, who is living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl O. Nelson, 206 West Thirteenth.

Lieutenant Polansky was a B-24 pilot and had completed either 12 or 13 missions. He had been overseas since January. He received his cadet training at Emporia State college and further training at Texas fields, at Boise, Ida., at Liberal, and at Lincoln, Neb. He is survived by his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Polansky, of Pleasonton, Tex., three sisters and a brother.

THE EMPORIA GAZETTE, EMPORIA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1945, PAGE TEN

Lt. Henry L. Polansky, who served as a B-24 pilot in the European theater until his death in Germany in March, has by direction of President Truman, been posthumously awarded the Air Medal, according to news received by Mrs. Polansky who is living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl O. Nelson, 922 Lawrence. The accompanying citation reads: "For meritorious achievement while participating in a number of aerial flights against the enemy under hazardous and adverse flying conditions in the European Theater of Operations. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by Lieutenant Polansky upon these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States."

THE EMPORIA WEEKLY GAZETTE, EMPORIA, KANSAS, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1948, FRONT PAGE

LYON COUNTY WAR DEAD ARE RETURNED TO U.S.
The bodies of three Lyon county veterans of World War II have been returned to the United States aboard the U.S. Army Transport Lawrence Victory which reached New York City June 26.

The bodies are those of S-Sgt. Lavelle E. Smith, son of Mrs. Chloe O. Smith, now living in Barstow, Calif.; S-Sgt. Arthur D. Price, son of Arthur E. Price, Rt. 2, Olpe; and 2nd Lt. Henry L. Polansky, son of Mrs. Laura L. Polansky, 922 Lawrence, Emporia. The body of Lieutenant Polansky is to be interred in the Fort Leavenworth National cemetery, Fort Leavenworth. The other two bodies will be brought to Emporia.

THE EMPORIA WEEKLY GAZETTE, EMPORIA, KANSAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1948, PAGE FOUR

RITES FOR LT. POLANSKY
Graveside services for Lt. Henry Lee Polansky, who was killed in England in 1945, were held at the Fort Leavenworth National cemetery, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Lieutenant Polansky, a B-24 bomber pilot, received his training as a cadet at Emporia State college and further training was given him at Texas fields, Liberal, Kan., Lincoln, Neb., and Boise, Idaho. He received his wings at Lubbock, Tex., April 15, 1944. He then went to England, January, 1945, and he was killed on his eighth mission on March 31, 1945.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura Louise Polansky, of the home, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Polansky, Kerrville, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. N.C. Threlkeld, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Edward Shortner, Karnes City, Texas; and one brother, Ado Polansky of Jourdanton, Texas.

Those attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Polansky, Mr. and Mrs. Carl O. Nelson, Mrs. N.C. Threlkeld and son, Richard, Mrs. L.J. Krueger, Miss Margaret Parks, Mrs. Laura Louise Polansky and Miss Esther Parks, all of Lawrence. (no third sister was in the article...article copied as is)


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Texas; 2nd Lieutenant, 856 Army Air Forces Bomb Squadron, World War II


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