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Joseph Linyer Bedsole Jr


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Killed in Action (KIA). Did not have parachute on, said he would never become Prisoner of War (POW). Last man to bail out saw him sitting in co-pilot seat.

DFC; Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster



  • Donald Ackerson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot II' Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3867 POW Camp: Dulag Luft Gross tychow Dulag 12 POW

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31433 RUM POT II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/11/43; Kearney 15/11/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-V] Grafton Underwood 8/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Clarry Stearns, Navigator: Bob Hock, Bombardier: Don Ackerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave...


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    13 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    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...


Event Location Date
Born Alabama, USA 1921
Lived in Mobile, AL, USA March 1942
Enlisted Mobile, AL, USA 30 March 1942
Based Grafton Underwood 12 April 1944
Killed in Action Germany 13 April 1944

Plot E Row 8 Grave 12


Date Contributor Update
20 February 2020 21:18:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2015 19:16:27 bombercommand Changes to middlename, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2015 15:35:21 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Combined two entries for Joseph L Bedsole. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 3867 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Enlistment record:

ABMC record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3867