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Wallace J Rufeisen

Military

Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Service

People

  • Boyd Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Brooks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Bucceri

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Emigh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group

  • John Fowler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    John learned his 'trade' on the job (they were losing gunners so fast in the spring of 1943 that they had to use ground crew). He had applied for gunnery training while still in the states, but was shipped overseas before he could get it. He served a...

  • Norman Gootee

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

  • Fred Hesseltine

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group

  • Lewis Maginn

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James McMorrow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 42-39778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Meyer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4239778 'Lucky Ball. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/1/44; Gt Falls 14/1/44; Gr Island 24/1/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-X] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action 5m Oberpfaffenhofen 18/3/44 with Paul Martin (wia), Co-pilot: John Sinnott (chute failed), Navigator: Guy Lightfoot, Flight...

  • 42-37780

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/8/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 27/10/43; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-G] Polebrook 18/11/43; on 26/4/44 with Tony Zotollo force landed base with only one u/c wheel, no injuries; {24m} transferred 836BS/487BG [2G- ]...

  • 42-39778

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/8/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 5/10/43; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-A] Polebrook 18/11/43; {3m} Missing in Action Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Lewis Maginn, Co-pilot: Walter Brooks, Bombardier: Wallace Rufeisen,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) English Channel 22 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 01:56:11 Tim Coates Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, awards, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Taken directly from Walace Rufeisen's military record.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1717 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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