TSgt Samuel “Shamael” Schankerman

TSgt Samuel “Shamael” Schankerman

Birth
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Dec 1943 (aged 27)
Pasarel, Stolichna Obshtina, Sofia-grad, Bulgaria
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot Plot C Row 3 Grave 39
Memorial ID 56366449 · View Source
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According to his Great Nephew, Torin, his family and given name at birth was Shamael. This differs from his military listing as Samuel.

"Mr. Iane Vuchev Ianchev: Ianchev was a Bulgarian living near Sofia and witnessed events from the ground. In a statement translated and later provided to Army officials after the war, Ianchev related that during the fight “white smoke appeared from one of the [bombers], then turning black and I saw it break into three parts.” He then saw “a parachutist … slowly descending toward the village of Pasarell.” Ianchev later went to the crash site. "

B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig' was on a mission from San Pangrazio, Italy to Sofia, Bulgaria, when the ship collided with a Bulgarian Bf 109G-2 flown by Dimitar Spisarevski and crashed at Pancharevo, Bulgaria. There were 9 KIA, and Renner was taken as a POW. According to the Renner family, 'the only reason he survived was due to the fire burning the harness strap that was holding him in the plane and he fell out of the plane and parachuted to the ground, he was unconscious the whole time'. The crew members were~

2nd LT Robert W Brown, ASN O-802714, Pilot, from Lissie TX, KIA
2nd LT Florian E Laramore,Jr, ASN O-448232, CoPilot, from Evanston IL, KIA
2nd LT Jack Larsen, ASN O-685656, Navigator, from Maplewood NJ, KIA
2nd LT Henry C Alexander, ASN O-674715, Bombardier, from Los Angeles CA, KIA
TSGT Cyril F Heath, ASN 12185762, Radio Operator/Left Waist Gunner, from Mew York NY, KIA
TSGT Samuel Schankerman, ASN 15059233, Top Turret Gunner, from South Bend IN, KIA
SSGT Kenneth W Runyan, ASN 35565427, Right Waist Gunner, from Clinton IN, KIA
SGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Nose Turret Gunner, entered service from Beulah ND (his home was in Hamilton MT), KIA
SSGT Eugene A Studer, ASN 37164771, Ball Turret Gunner, from Farmington MN, KIA
SSGT Robert H Renner, Tail Gunner, ASN 37469460, Tail Gunner, from Weeping Water NE, POW

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'

---Note that Sgt Alvin Dschaak was one of four survivors of a previous crash of B-24E #42-7119 while in training.
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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Indiana.

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  • Maintained by: Torin Hill
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56366449
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Samuel “Shamael” Schankerman (23 Aug 1916–20 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56366449, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by Torin Hill (contributor 50006594) .