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Dole Lyle Edgar

Lyle Edgar Dole
Serial Number:
850th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, Heavy
Date of Death:
New Tacoma Cemetery, Washington
New Tacoma Cemetery, Washington

When Lyle Edgar Dole was born on January 24, 1921, in Olympia, Washington, his father, Everett, was 29 and his mother, Sadie, was 24. He had one brother and one sister. Lyle served as a Staff Sergeant and Carpet Spot-Jammer on B-17 #43-38701, 850th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. B-17G 43-38701 took off from Eye in Suffolk on the morning of the 19th April 1945 on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Aussig in Czechoslovakia. After successfully releasing their bombs they were attacked and shot down by German aircraft just south of Dresden, Germany. Their plane was hit at the starboard wing and set the fuel tanks and two engines ablaze. 2nd Lt. Trojanowski, Sgt. Dole and S/Sgt. Lesh were the only members of the ten-man crew that managed to bail out of the burning aircraft. The other crew members perished when the aircraft exploded in mid-air and the wreckage fell to earth in fields between the villages of Hradišťko, Sestrouň and Zberaz, some 45 km south of Prague.

SGT Dole was captured by Wermacht officers and executed, together with seven other airmen from his crew and B-17G 43-38078's remaining crew, in Benešov, Czech Republic and was buried in a mass grave. On January 15, 1947, the bodies of the eight murder victims were exhumed by US troops and was transfered to the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neuville en Condros, Belgium. SGT Dole's final resting place is in the New Tacoma Cemetery, University Place, Pierce County, Washington, USA.

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