Seman, Andrew, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Sylvan Heights Cemetery - Oliver, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to sources, Andrew Seman was born on February 16, 1917 in Pennsylvania. Nothing else has been located concerning his early life.

His first appearance in the military record is a notation in 301st Bomb Group records that he was wounded in action on the October 9, 1942 raid on Lille, France as a member of the Hair crew. He was transferred along with this crew to North Africa in November, 1942.

On March 22, 1943, the crew was part of a bombing raid on Palermo, Sicily, harbor. Over the target, the aircraft was hit by flak, setting the left wing fuel tank on fire. This fire spread to the interior, then the aircraft exploded. Five of the crew were killed; the rest, although some were injured, made successful parachute landings, and were captured by Italian forces before being handed over to the Germans.

All the dead were recovered, and supposedly buried in a local cemetery. After the war ended, Seman's body was recovered and returned to his family for burial. He lies today in the Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Oliver, Pennsylvania.


SSgt Andrew Seman was the assigned ball turret gunner on B-17F #42-5179, named "Junior," assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16153 covers this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt James M. Hair  p
1 Lt Lonnie L. Miers, Jr.  c-p
1 Lt Alexander Yonych  nav
1 Lt Emmet Cook  bomb
TSgt Louis F. Patriquin  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Ervin E. Byrnes  r/o
SSgt Andrew Seman  btg
Sgt  Jimmie McLaughlin  wg
SSgt Douglas Upton  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo of "Holy Joe," Seman is 2nd from left.

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