SEMAN, PETER, Technical Sergeant, # 6995436, USAAF


Peter Seman was born 9 February 1914 in Edwardsville, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, to Ignatz NMI Seman (1882-1969) and Thecla “Tillie” (Mahalley) Seman (1885-1918). Mary (Wanchisen) Seman (1894-1976) was his step mother. Siblings included John Seman (1908-1976), Stephen Seman (1910-1988), Michael Seman (1915-2000), Mary Seman (1917-1988) and half-siblings included Katherine Seman (1922-2010), Julia Seman (1924-2017) and Nicholas Seman (1926-1994). His mother died from pneumonia and influenza while seven months pregnant.


He enlisted 21 September 1939 in Philadelphia, PA.  After mechanical training, he was sent overseas.

The bomber and crew were assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 436th Bombardment Squadron. He was the engineer. It was last sighted by 1stLt Robert J. Clarke, 0-431388, 1stLt Robert G. Brittenbach, 0-659652, and 1stLt Henry W. Gilmer, Jr., 0-440853. 1stLt Clarke wrote, “It was last seen in formation with five other bombers entering a cloud bank. After fifteen minutes, the formation broke into the clear and only five aircraft could be accounted for. After another fifteen minutes, a crew hear, “Any B-24D for Help.” The call was answered but received no reply. An enemy fighter, type I45 (Kawasaki Toryu, for “Dragon Slayer,” allied name “Nick”), made an attack on a plane in the formation (not the missing bomber) and this was included to show there were enemy aircraft nearby.” Two search missions were flown. Called off because of poor weather. The bomber did not emerge from clouds with the other five on the mission. Enemy fighters were seen in the area; one attacked one of the B-24s. The bomber was not found. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.