Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW).
546th Sqdn, 384th Bomb Group, Grafton Underwood, England
Austin flew his first mission as a B-17 Pilot on Dec. 11, 1943. He flew fifteen missions including tough targets like Frankfort, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, and Ludwigshaven. On Feb.28, 1944, at the end of “The Big Week”, his plane was shot down on a mission to Preusseville.
One of his crew was killed, one managed to evaded capture. Austin and the rest of the crew were captured and became POWs for the next 14 month. They were imprisoned at Stalag Luft I at Barth, Germany until the war’s end.
'In memory of Austin D Rinne, Captain USAAF, 8th Air Force, one of my closest friends for over 40 years. Captain Rinne was shot down over France and imprisoned as a POW by the Germans in WWII.'
Remembered by Robert S Curl, Amarillo, TX
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Austin Rinne, Co-pilot: Francis Bornhorst, Navigator: Bill Trees, Bombardier: John Aegeter, Flight...
||Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||28 February 1944