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Gerald B Bump


He flew on Lloyd Johns crew. Reported to ETO on 13 Apr 1944.
Crashed at Ammendorf on 9/13/44 in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726. POW at Stalag 9C Bad Sulza Saxe-Weimar 51-11.


Bump was shot down in B-17 Flying Fortress 42-31726 "Duration Plus" whilst flying on a mission to Mersberg. The aircraft was hit by flak and set ablaze instantly. The pilot, Clayton A Nattier gave to order to bail out immedeately, but Bump remained in the cockpit with Nattier to try to extinguish the blaze. Bump and Nattier attempted to bail out, shortly after but encountered the Co-Pilot, Bombardier and Navigator at the front hatch, who signalled that bailing out was not possible. Bump returned to the cockpit with Nattier, in an attempt to stabalise the aircraft, and bailed out shortly after through the bomb bay. Flames had engulfed the front hatch and they could no longer access it, or tell if the other members of the crew had bailed out.

Bump landed near a Luftwaffe School near Halle, and was immediately captured. He was loaded into a vehicle with Nattier and driven to a nearby jail where he was given medical attention, as he had broken his ankle. Nattier reported that the medic did a good job. and Bump's injury caused him no further problems once healed.



  • Eugene Minor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Lloyd Johns crew. Reported to the ETO on 13 Apr 1944. AM OLC, DFC,

  • Clayton Nattier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Ammendorf on 9/13/44 in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726. The flak burst that got his plane caused an immediate and intense fire in the cockpit area. By the he lef the cockpit he had received some dandy burns on face, neck...

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31726 Duration Plus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-O] Thurleigh 10/2/44; Missing in Action German oil insts 13/9/44 with Clayton Nattier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald Bump, Radio Operator: Edwin Block,...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Marysville, Ohio
Shot Down Halle (Saale), Germany 13 September 1944
Prisoner of War Stalag 9C 13 September 1944 – 1945
Died 26 May 2002
Buried Westerville, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
16 June 2015 16:17:36 Emily Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Combined information from duplicate record.

Additional information from : MACR 8829 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

I interviewed Gerald Bump's pilot Clayton Nattier on 15 June 2015, when he visited IWM Duxford, Nattier's interview can be found in full on his page, but I have re-written Bump's experiences based on what I was told by Nattier here.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:20 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, MACR 8829, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, First Over Germany pg. 279, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /