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Michael Koussa


Shot down by flak and baled out Viernhsim on 31-Jul-44 from B24 41-28778. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28778

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Hit by flak just after bombs away, causing a fire in the bomb bay and taking out #3 engine. A/C edged out of formation and dove straight down exploding in mid air and...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Rhode Island, USA 21 September 1918
Lived in Eldorado, Arkansas, USA 1941
Enlisted Rhode Island Ave, Providence, RI 02906, USA 8 June 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 31 July 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out Viernheim, Germany 31 July 1944

Shot down by flak and baled out Viernhsim on 31-Jul-44 from B24 41-28778. POW.

Died Providence County, RI, USA 20 January 2000
Buried Cumberland, RI, USA February 2000

Saint Basil the Great Cemetery
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 15:38:28 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7747 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database