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Bruce George Sundlun

Military

Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Evaded (EVD).

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, American and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

Post War: Remained with the USAF Reserve and retired in 1980 at the rank of Colonel. Member of the Democratic Party who served as 71st Governor of Rhode Island between 1991 and 1995.

Service

People

  • Andrew Boles

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Straggled behind formation due to loss of engine, mauled by fighters. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1334 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Mike Cappalletti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Harry Cologne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Last seen on floor of radio room, wounded and without a parachute. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1334 Awards: PH.

  • George Hayes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1334 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Reino Jylkka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Lekas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Ramsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1334 Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Snyder

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1334 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Snyder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1334 Awards: PH.

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24557 Damn Yankee

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-T] Denver 12/8/42; Thurleigh 18/11/42; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-O] Grafton Underwood 22/8/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Bruce Sundlun (evaded capture), Bombardier: George Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Harry...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Providence, Rhode Island, USA 19 January 1920

Son of Walter Irving and Jennette Zelda “Jan” [Colitz] Sundlun.

Enlisted 57 Patriot Ave, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA 8 December 1941

Westover AAF, MA.

Pilot training Orangeburg, SC, USA 1942

Flight training Advanced - USAAC Southeast Training Center Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Pilot training Mid Delta Regional Airport, 166 5th St, Greenville, MS 38703, USA 1942

Flight training Basic - Greenville Army Air Field Greenville, Mississippi.

Pilot training Lawrenceville, IL 62439, USA 1942

Flight training Primary - George Field Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Pilot training Kelly St, Montgomery, AL 36112, USA 1943

Operational training - Maxwell Field, Alabama.

Based Grafton Underwood June 1943 – 1 December 1943

Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded 20 miles SE of Ostend, Belgium 1 December 1943 – 5 May 1944

Evaded capture 1-Dec-43.

Died Jamestown, RI, USA 21 July 2011
Buried Sons of David and Israel Cemetery Providence, Providence County, RI August 2011

Interred
Sons of David and Israel Cemetery
Providence,
Providence County, Rhode Island

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2021 17:03:22 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73721743/bruce-sundlun

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 22:48:17 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28691399
https://www.fold3.com/image/28603574?terms=Bruce%20G%20Sundlun
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73721743/bruce-sundlun

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2018 19:59:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28691399

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1334 / MACR 1334, Self, obit Washington Post July 30, 2011, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=s... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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