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Warming up after a safe return from a raid on Norway, is S/Sgt. Frank C. Rumberger [ Johnston, Pa ], while S/Sgt. Peter Kucher [ Pittsburgh, Pa ], enjoys his coffee and admires Sgt. Rumberger's jacket. Both are crew members of the Boeing B-17 'Lucifer, Jr 42-29988 " - 42-29988 Lucifer Jr (381st BG 535th BS MS-S) transf to 305th BG 364th BS (WF-A) on 22 Aug 43, lost on Schweinfurt on 14 Oct 43.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A14795-80576AC.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • Peter Kucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Radio operator, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Also from 535th BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by...

  • Frank Rumberger

    Military | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Tail Gunner
    Hecker, M. Crew


  • 42-29988 Uncouth bastard

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 24/5/43 LUCIFER JR. with Melvin Hecker, Bill Cormany, Edwin Frost, Harry Becker, Bob Crain, Bob Roeder, Earl Miller, Jim O’Hara, Chas...


Date Contributor Update
04 May 2017 14:49:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations