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Ora Castrup

Military

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

Service

People

  • Harvey Dellwardt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    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 | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030 PH

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Units served with

  • 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

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

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 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.

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cuiahy, Wisconsin, USA 10 December 1922
Killed in Action (KIA) Schleissheim palace complex, 85764 Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944
Buried Elgin, IL, USA 1950

Bluff City Cemetery • Elgin, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 21, Lot 50

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 21:11:33 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2375/40050_1521003240_0425-00509?pi...

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 14:55:58 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/150868721/ora-castrup

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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