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George Joseph Lesko

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Shuff crew. 19 x combat missions. Severely wounded by flak on 22-Mar-45 returning from a mission to Westerholt, Germany in B-17 43-38630. Despite the pilot electing to land in Belgium to get assistance for George, pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Robert Alderman

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Robert Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

  • Joseph Britton

    Military | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Cramer

    Military | Major | Ball turret gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Shuff crew. 23 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Erwin Harrison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Shuff crew. 22 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (2OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bernard Henricks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Shuff crew. 23 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Shuff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group

  • Oril Swieso

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • William White

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 43-38630

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/8/44; Hunter 17/9/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 7/10/44; Salvaged 13/6/45.(22/3/45?)

Missions

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Francis Mine,, PA 8 October 1923

Son of Joe and Mary [Murdock] Lesko.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 28 May 1943

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Based Grafton Underwood February 1945 – 22 March 1945

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Zoute, 8300 Knokke-Heist, Belgium 22 March 1945

SGT Lesko was severely wounded by flak on 22 March 1945 returning from a mission to Westerholt, Germany. The aircraft, 43-38630 was badly damaged and The Pilot, Charles B. Shuff, elected to land at Knocke/Le Zoute, Belgium (A-83) to seek aid for Lesko. The aircraft crash landed and burned at A-83. The crew was able to evacuate the aircraft with Lesko. Lesko was pronounced dead at the local hospital. The remaining crew survived and returned to duty at Grafton Underwood.

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 1948

Re-Interred
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 13:52:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/543530906
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763999
https://www.fold3.com/record/87352379-george-j-lesko
https://www.fold3.com/record/700219268-lesko-george-j
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=6951
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=10485
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49246964/george-j-lesko

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 03:45:19 bombercommand Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 03:31:49 bombercommand Changes to events
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384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 03:30:22 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=l...

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