SSGT Hermon Daines Poling

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SSGT Hermon Daines Poling

Ohio, USA
Death 30 Jul 1943 (aged 21)
Burial Opijnen, Neerijnen Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands
Memorial ID 62011268 View Source
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Army Serial Number 35436053

Tail Gunner - "Man-O-War"
323rd Squadron
91st Bomb Group (Heavy)
American Air Force
World War II

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After a bombing raid on the Messerschmitt factory in Kassel (Germany) the crew tried to get back to their base in England. But at 11:00 their B17 of the 91 Bomb Group American Air Force with the name 'Man-O-War', was shot down by German fighter planes. The plane crashed in Opijnen, eight of the ten crew members died on impact. These eight men are interred in this cemetery.

Crew photo page 12 in the link below.


Roscoe Blaine Poling
BIRTH 17 JUL 1887 • Sycamore, West Virginia, USA
DEATH 29 NOV 1967 • Gallia, Ohio, USA


Lucinda Jane Uldrich
BIRTH ABT. 1891 • West Virginia
DEATH Unknown


Oleta Grey (Poling) Higginbothom
BIRTH 03 DEC 1915 • Gassway, Braxton County, West Virginia
DEATH 10 OCT 1980 • League City, Galveston County, Texas


S/Sgt. Hermon D. Poling, Tail Gunner; S/Sgt. Harold R. Sparks, Waist Gunner; S/Sgt. George R. Krueger, Waist Gunner; 2nd Lt. John P. Bruce, Co-pilot; 2nd. Lt. Keene C. McCammon, Pilot; 2nd Lt. Daniel V. Ohman, Bombardier; S/Sgt. Mike A. Perrota, Ball Turret Gunner; T/Sgt. Douglas V. Blackwood, Radio Operator; T/Sgt. Americo Cianfichi, Engineer. Not pictured, 1st Lt. Robert U. Duggan, Navigator.

Man O War - The original navigator, Gill, was replaced by 1st Lt. Robert U. Duggan (neither of which is shown in this photo). Gill was not in this photo as he was KIA with Forsblad's crew aboard the Stricnine, just 10 days before this crew was shot down on July 30, 1943. Only McCammon and Bruce survived. Crew members KIA can be referenced at the Opijnen Memorial and the 91st BG Memorial page (under Opijnen).


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  • Created by: klassikat
  • Added: 22 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 62011268
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Hermon Daines Poling (28 Oct 1921–30 Jul 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 62011268, citing Opijnen Protestant Churchyard, Opijnen, Neerijnen Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands ; Maintained by klassikat (contributor 47045009) .