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Photo of "Devil's Luck" (42-32030) exploding over Munich on July 31, 1944. All crew were killed except for one, Fred Justus, who managed to bail out and spent the rest of the war as a POW. Photo taken by Byron Cook from an adjacent B-17 in formation.

Connections

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters (388th Bomb Group)

People

  • Ora Castrup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

  • Harvey Dellwardt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 PH

  • Joseph DeRidder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 ...

  • Harry Guyette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

  • Fred Justus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim on 7/31/44 in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 POW

  • John McCleary

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 PH

  • Chester Pluta

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

  • Ira Robinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Pasquale Spina

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 PH

Aircraft

  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 8th Air Force

    31 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 507FE

    31 July 1944

Locations

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 22:11:43 Jaynahoots Changes to place associations
Sources

Source: Jayna DeRidder-Huotari, granddaughter of Joseph A. DeRidder

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 22:11:41 Jaynahoots Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Source: Jayna DeRidder-Huotari, granddaughter of Joseph A. DeRidder

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