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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 28 October 1944; Missing in Action on a mission to Berlin, 3 February 1945 with George F. Ruckman, Fiorino A. Cinquanta, John O. Beeby, Jack Rivall, Johnie E. Young, Jack G. Garstak, Albert S. Horan, Alonzo R. Rice, Frederick A. Sorenson (9 Returned to Duty); flak, force landed in Poland. The was aircraft repaired and returned to UK via Italy; Missing Air Crew Report 12154; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10 December 1945. STARDUST.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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


  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Beeby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD hit by flak and crashed behind Russian lines on 3 Feb 45. Repaired plane and returned to base. Plane was 'Stardust' #446592 ...

  • Fiorino Cinquanta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD hit by flak on 3 Feb 45 and crashed landed with Russian lines, repaired plane and flew back to base. Plane was B-17 'Stardust' #446592. ...

  • Jack Garstak

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    On 03 Feb 1945 mission to Berlin, were hit by flak on bomb run. The outboard engine on left feathered, the inboard on right, oil line cut. Both engines feathered. Were losing altitude. Headed for Poland and evaded fighters with no problems. Landed at...

  • Albert Horan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD. hit by flak on 3 Feb 45 and landed behind Russian lines, repaired plane and returned to base Plane was 'Stardust' #446592 ...

  • Charles Majeske

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Charles Majeske enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 25 July 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan at the age of 22. He was a 2nd Lieutenant when assigned to the 384th Bomb Group stationed at Grafton Underwood in England and flew his first mission as copilot...

  • William O'Leary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #254 dated 23 December 1944, George F. Ruckman Crew. 22 combat missions ...

  • Alonzo Rice

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    3 Feb 1945 B-17 44-6592 (Stardust) damaged by flak over Berlin. Pilot 2nd Lt. Ruckman flew damaged a/c behind Soviet lines and force landed at an airfield near Torun, Poland. Crew returned to duty in March 1945. ...

  • Jack Rivall

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD Hit by flak on 3 Feb 45 in B-17 'Stardust' #446592landed within Russian lines, repaired plane and returned to base. ...

  • George Ruckman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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  • 817

    3 February 1945


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Forced Landing in Poland Poland 3 February 1945 – 30 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 21:30:15 mvandemark Changes to markings

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 14:56:01 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:52 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database