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Fred Stuart Justus


Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim on 7/31/44 in B-17 "Devil's Luck" #42-32030, Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Ora Castrup

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

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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


  • 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:...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Smithville, AR 72466, USA 26 May 1922
Enlisted Little Rock, AR, USA 10 September 1942
Shot Down/Captured Schleissheim, Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944
Died Jonesboro, AR, USA 12 December 2015

Fred Stuart Justus Sr., 93, of Jonesboro, Arkansas passed from this life Dec. 12, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 26, 1922, in Smithville, Arkansas to Barney and Mae Justus.

Fred has lived in the Jonesboro area for the majority of his life after moving from Paragould. He was a longtime member of Walnut Street Baptist Church. Fred earned degrees from Arkansas State College (now ASU) and the University of Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a World War II veteran. Fred received a Purple Heart from injuries he suffered when he was shot down in World War II. Fred was the sole survivor who parachuted from a B-17 airplane to save his life while being shot down over Munich, Germany. He received two Bronze Stars, a Prisoner of War Medal and a Caterpillar medal. Fred was a member of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Purple Heart, while also being a part of the Caterpillar Club.

In addition to his parents, Barney and Mae Justus, Fred is preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Reeves and Martha Lyles; and two brothers, Cline Justus and Jewel Justus.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 69 years of marriage, Jennie Waddell Justus; one son, Fred Stuart Justus Jr. of Jonesboro; two daughters, Melissa Justus Goodson (Robert) of Helena and Justina Justus Lamb (Harold) of Imboden; one sister, Glenna Justus Draffen (Ray) of Montgomery, Ala.; four grand-children, Marty Lamb, Stacy Lamb Aldridge (Roy), Andy Lamb and Blake Goodson; eight great-grand-daughters; and two great-great grandsons.

Services were held at Walnut Street Baptist Church prior to the funeral service. Burial was at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jonesboro Sun obits, December 14, 2015


Date Contributor Update
08 April 2020 21:30:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 21:25:35 466thHistorian Changes to middlename

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 21:22:46 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, place associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:10:21 AAM AAM ingest

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