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Walter P Empric

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Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan, Germany) and later Stalag VII A (Moosburg, Germany).

Service

People

  • Frank Keeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kehoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lee Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Navigator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Right Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Gilbert Prager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 on his 19th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag XVII-B.

  • John Risi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Mario Risi (Jan 18, 1925 - April 11, 1944) enlisted in the US Air Force in 1942 (age 17) by identifying himself as 18 years old because his parents did not agree to sign off on his enlisted. He was positioned as the ball turret gunner with the ...

  • Robert Stine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Original pilot of B17-G #42-31488 - "Shade Ruff" and B-17G #42-97478 - "Shade Ruff #2." Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Thill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Left Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Trump

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Top Turret Gunner/Engineer on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31488 Shade Ruff

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/11/43; Gt Falls 11/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Dale Peterson, Co-pilot: George Morse, Navigator: Harley Honeberger,...

  • 42-39881 Gloria J

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Gr Island 12/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 13/12/43; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Pilot: Bob Stine, Co-pilot: Bob Kehoe, Navigator: Lee Miller, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: Paul Trump,...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Sagan and later Moosburg, Germany 11 April 1944 – 29 April 1945

Stalag Luft III (Sagan, Germany) and later Stalag VII A (Moosburg, Germany)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2019 18:43:38 Shade Ruff Changes to events
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Corrected/updated information.

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2019 18:39:24 Shade Ruff Changes to biography and events
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Corrected/updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:29:57 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:16:51 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 10:36:31 Shade Ruff Changes to media associations
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United States Army Air Forces official photograph.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 03:00:48 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Corrected typographical error.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 19:21:44 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Missing Air Crew Report #4017.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 18:32:50 Shade Ruff Changes to mission associations
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Service member's official military flight logs.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 18:25:13 Shade Ruff Changes to mission associations
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Service member's official military flight logs.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 18:07:15 Shade Ruff Changes to events
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Official United States government WWII POW records.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 18:02:43 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) combat mission loading list, personal flight log and United States government WWII POW records.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:57:38 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) combat mission loading list and personal flight log.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:50:02 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) combat mission loading lists.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:26:13 Shade Ruff Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
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614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) combat mission loading lists.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:23:34 Shade Ruff Changes to person associations
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614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) combat mission loading lists.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:17:44 Shade Ruff Changes to highest rank
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1) Military personnel records to include promotion orders.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:15:35 Shade Ruff Changes to middlename and awards
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1) Military personnel records to include discharge paperwork, flight logs, Western Union telegrams confirming MIA and later POW status, 2) Information found on the 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association's web site - 401bg.org.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4017 / MACR 4017, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1056 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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