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George Francis Ruckman

Military

3 Feb 1945, B-17 44-6592 (Stardust) was damaged by flak over Berlin. The pilot, 2nd Lt. George F. Ruckman, flew the damaged a/c behind Soviet lines and force landed at an airfield near Torun, Poland. Over a period of 6 weeks, the crew repaired the aircraft and returned to duty via Italy in March 1945.

Service

People

  • William O'Leary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #254 dated 23 December 1944, George F. Ruckman Crew. 22 combat missions ...

  • Johnie Young

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    3 Feb 1945, B-17 44-6592 SO-S (Stardust) damaged by flak over Berlin. Pilot 2nd Lt. Ruckman flew damaged a/c behind Soviet lines and force landed at an airfield near Torun, Poland. Crew and aircraft returned to duty via Italy in March 1945.

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6592 STARDUST

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 28 October 1944; Missing in Action on a mission to Berlin, 3 February 1945 with George F. Ruckman, Fiorino A. Cinquanta, John O....

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Farmer City, IL 61842, USA 1 December 1923
Assigned 23 December 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #254 dated 23 December 1944 as crew pilot. 21 combat missions.

Landed in Allied Territory behind Soviet lines Torun, Poland 3 February 1945

MACR 12154

Died New Orleans, LA, USA 20 April 1993

Burial:
Metairie Cemetery
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2015 03:04:57 bombercommand Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=ruckman&GSfn=georg...

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2015 02:31:29 bombercommand Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Consolidated information on George F. Ruckman from MACR 12154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

384th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition MACR 12154, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=r... / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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