First on the left
Army Serial Number 35436053
Tail Gunner - "Man-O-War"
91st Bomb Group (Heavy)
American Air Force
World War II
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
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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