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John S Durakov

Military

Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Fred Browning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #425913. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Cokins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lyle Fryer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Good

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Chester Lisiewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Chester Lisiewski was assigned to the 385th Bomb Group / 550th Bomb Squadron. He was Engineer / Top Turret gunner on B-17 42-5913 "Shack Bunny", lost due to mechanical trouble on the 20 October 1943 mission to Duren, Germany. After landing on the...

  • Clifford McIlveen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Joseph Pittman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edwin Rinkenberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5913 Shack Bunny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5 May 1943; Kearney 30 May 1943; Dow Field 19 June 1943; Assigned 551BS/385BG Great Ashfield 20 June 1943; Missing in Action Duren 20 October 1943 with Pilot Lyle V. Fryer; Co-pilot: Clifford G. McIlveen; Navigator: John S. Durakov...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Prisoner of war 20 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 10:55:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 828 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 13:23:28 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 828
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 828

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