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Rufus Wade Till

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2872.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Harry Simons

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17 #42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872. ...

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29772 MOJO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/2/43; Sioux City 14/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 2/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 1/9/44; Williams 20/3/45; La Junta 29/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-29891 'Dangerous Dan'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-N] Kimbolton 22/4/43; returned Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight...

  • 42-29897 'CENSORED (FOREQUETOO)'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-B] Alconbury 26/5/43; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-A] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Returned to the USA 30/4/44; Hendricks 29/7/44; Maxwell 9/10/44; Hendricks 31...

  • 42-30237 'Stump Jumper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-V] Kimbolton 1/6/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/8/44; APH Knettishall, Crashed due to flak short of target [Oldenburg power station]...

  • 42-31028 MOJO

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 7/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Capt Harry Simons, Co-pilot: John Robins, Navigator: Bob Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Fallon, Radio...

  • 42-31228 London Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 22/11/43; with Keith Phinney crash landed into Duxford base quarters, 4 CREW & 5 EM killed 21/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 25/1/45. LONDON...

  • 42-3325 'Paddy Gremlin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Y] Kimbolton 1/6/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex...

  • 42-37887

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 22/11/43; during assembly for mid-air coll with #42-31441 (303 BG), with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank Mailander, Navigator: Bob Romme, Bombardier: Burton Kashatt,...

  • 42-5817

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/2/43; Denver 3/3/43; Smoky Hill 25/3/43; Homestead 7/4/43; Morrison 12/4/43; Assigned 348BS/99BG Navarin 10/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; transferred 483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Returned to the USA Hunter 17/8/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-5829

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/3/43; Sioux City 19/3/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Bassingbourn 25/4/43 THE BETTER HALF; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-P/D] Kimbolton 18/5/43; 527BS [FO-D]; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43, with Larry Hoveland, Co-pilot...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pelahatchee, Mississippi, USA 6 May 1917

Son of Hamilton and Mary Frances [Anderson] Till.

Based Kimbolton September 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Munster, Germany 22 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. POW MACR 2872

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 22 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Died Memphis, Shelby County, TN 26 September 1983
Buried Oxford Memorial Cemetery Oxford, Lafayette County, MS 29 September 1983

Oxford Memorial Cemetery
Oxford,
Lafayette County, Mississippi

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 10:01:49 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114130947/rufus-wade-till

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2021 19:42:55 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 12:16:12 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and comnsistency

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 21:03:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2019 16:11:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/638860251?rec=635361487
https://www.fold3.com/image/658840705?terms=rufus,till,wade
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=4870
379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, November 1942-July 1945
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114130947/rufus-wade-till

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2872 / MACR 2872, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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