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Austin D Rinne


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).

Austin Rinne
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 Memoriam

'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

  • 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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31058

    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...


Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 28 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2016 16:16:42 Changes to biography

Source: Several bios provided the 8th Air Force Historical Society Chapter by Austin. lda 3/22/16

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 16:27:42 Emily Changes to memoriam

Robert S Curl, via American Air Museum memory book correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2937 / MACR 2937, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database