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Gilbert Prager

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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.

Service

People

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    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,...

  • 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). ...

  • John Risi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Ball Turret 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).

  • 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 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 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 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 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...

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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 Long Beach, California, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Braunau-Gneikendorf near Krems, Austria 11 April 1944

Stalag XVII-B

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2019 15:54:27 Shade Ruff Changes to biography and events
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Corrected Stalag designation and location.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2019 12:27:05 Shade Ruff Changes to awards, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) combat mission loading lists available at 401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:38:14 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 11:22:55 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Updated information.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 03:18:45 Shade Ruff Changes to events
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Corrected typographical error.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 03:08:14 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Official U.S. government WWII POW records.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 02:09:26 Shade Ruff Changes to media associations
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United States Army Air Forces official photograph.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 22:39:41 Shade Ruff Changes to biography
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Service member's flight logs confirmed combat missions flown.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 19:44:37 Shade Ruff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
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Missing Air Crew Report #4017 and official United States government WWII POW records.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 19:39:43 Shade Ruff Changes to awards
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Service member's official military personnel records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4017 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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