Werner P Zukunft

Military

Object Number - UPL 37615 - William McKeon Crew 401st BG - 613th BS Standing Left to Right: Edward D. Hill (TG), Frederick L. Fletcher (WG), Charles E. May (BTG), Jack...

Completed 17 missions.
Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne on 7/19/44 in B-17 #44-6129, Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: D-Day Dottie
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Duffy's tavern
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 487th Bomb Group 838th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 4 June 1944
  • Official Description: Third mission of the day consists of attacks by 400 Heavy Bombers on 10 targets including Airfields, railway junctions and bridges. No Bombers are lost.
  • Date: 6 June 1944
  • Official Description: Eighth reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Group (H) becomes operational, making a total of 40 Heavy Bomber Groups now operational. Heavy Bombers fly 4 missions in spite of the invasion of Normandy. The third mission is dispatched against the...

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Hamburg, Germany 1920-04-07

Other

Prisoner of War

Zagan, Poland 1944-07-19 Stalag Luft III

Other

Departed Hamburg to emigrate to the USA

Hamburg, Germany 1923-08-08 Ship: Orca/Demerara

Died

New Haven, Connecticut 2008-04-27

Enlisted

Hartford, Connecticut 1943-01-30

Other

401st BG Combat Tour

Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 1944-05-30 - 1944-07-19

Other

Shot Down/Captured

Corne, France 1944-07-19

Other

7th Combat Mission

Hamburg, Germany 1944-06-20 Had the unenviable task of navigating his crew on a mission to bomb the city of his birth, where it is certain he had relatives still living.

Revisions

Date5 Apr 2020 20:11:54
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date6 Mar 2019 23:08:22
Contributor466thHistorian
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corrected biography

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:16
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8157, Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000,

href="http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2127">http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2127>

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