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"S/Sgt S Polhamus of the 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, wearing the Distinguished Flying Cross. 19-Oct-44 England."

- S/Sgt Samuel Joseph Polhamus (493rd BG 860th BS) ball turret gunner.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • Samuel Polhamus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
09 March 2018 10:29:06 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations