Geschichte der
B-17 #42-102648 / BTO of ETO

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Slated 447BG, Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts 21/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bob Roeder, Co-pilot: Paul Lammers, Navigator: Claud Robison, Bombardier: Milton Grabel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wade Eason, Radio Operator: Frank Goldstein (6 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Natham McElroy{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Fred Cebalo{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Bill Poklemba{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Tony Lombardi (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Suelfeld, near Kaltenkirchen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5172. BTO of ETO.

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  1. von Christopher Gruner am 14. Januar 2019 21:32 Uhr

    My father-in-law, William Poklemba, was a waist gunner on B-17 42-102648, shot down over Kaltenkitchen/Holstein on 24 May 1944.
    He told me he was captured, then interrogated by a German pilot who may have shot his B-17 down.
    Bill came back home just over a year later. He returned to his career as a policeman in Fairfield, CT and retired in the Seventies.
    He was a quiet, unassuming and religious man who truly loved his country and his family.
    Bill had a good life, with a loving wife and two children, including my wife, Jeanne. In his later years he and his wife Betty lived with us until they both passed away in 2002.

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  2. von David Cebalo am 03. September 2019 8:05 Uhr

    My father, Fred Cebalo, was the the other waist gunner on 42-102648. Bill Poklemba was his best friend on the crew. When I was a kid, Dad, Bill, and Tony Lombardi (tail gunner) would have a conference call ever May 24th.

    I recently digitized my dad’s WWII scrapbook, which includes letters from Betty to my grandmother, while the boys were missing and in prison camp. Perhaps I have some pictures and letters your family would find of interest, and vice versa.

    We lost our dad in 1988.

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