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Peter Kucher

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Radio operator, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Also from 535th BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by fighters. The crew baled out when fire broke in No 1 and No 2 engines and a/c exploded at 500 ft. Hit in chest by 20mm cannon shell. Killed in Action (KIA). 7-Jan-44. MACR 1873. Buried in the Ardennes AMC.
Pittsburgh, PA

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Joseph Connolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Wilson A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Lt Connolly suffered a broken leg after bailing out. Prisoner of...

  • John Embach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. On 7-Jan-44 in B-17F #42-3078 "Winsome Win" while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was attacked by three German fighters and the crew all baled out (except for Radio Operator, SSgt...

  • Robert Geraghty

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. ...

  • Anthony Greco

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Wilson, A crew. Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by...

  • George Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Not an original member of the Wilson crew. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag...

  • Donald McDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1943 - January 1944. Co-pilot, Wison A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I....

  • Frank Rumberger

    Military | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Hecker, M. Crew

  • Walter Sussek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Wilson, A crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17F #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 173. Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was...

  • Harry Ullom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG. 534th BS, 8th AF. Originally from the 532nd BS. Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. ...

  • Arden Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Wilson, A. crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down on 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Mission #58 to the IG Farben plant in Lugwigshafen, Germany. MACR 1873. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. Parkersburg, WV

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron
  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29988 'The Uncouth Bastard'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 24/5/43 LUCIFER JR. with Melvin Hecker, Bill Cormany, Edwin Frost, Harry Becker, Bob Crain, Bob Roeder, Earl Miller, Jim O’Hara, Chas...

  • 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Dow Fd 24/4/43; 4m, transferred 100BG /43; 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15/6/43; 2SAD 13/11/43 ret 15/11/43; ...

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 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Allegheny County, PA, USA 27 January 1917

Son of Michael K and Anna [Melynk] Kucher.

Lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 1941
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 31 July 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Based Ridgewell 1943 – 7 January 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Saarbrücken, Germany 7 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaffen in B-17F 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'. Damaged by flak, the a/c fell behind and was attacked by fighters. The crew baled out when fire broke out in #'s 1 & 2 engines, a/c exploded at 500 ft. KIA. 7-Jan-44. MACR 1873.

Buried Saarbrücken, Germany 8 January 1944

Interred
Saarbrücken Cemetery

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Temporary Internment
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
St Avold

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1948

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot B Row 41 Grave 53

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2021 13:47:08 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359256/peter-kucher

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2018 20:08:37 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2017 18:14:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56359256

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1873, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1873 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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