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.
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
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
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...
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....
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...
||Farmer City, IL 61842, USA
||1 December 1923
||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
||3 February 1945
||New Orleans, LA, USA
||20 April 1993