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Werner P Zukunft

Military

Completed 17 missions.
Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne on 7/19/44 in B-17 #44-6129, Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-3507 "DUFFY'S TAVERN"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/7/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) South Plains 1/10/45. DUFFY'S TAVERN.

  • 44-6129

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Hunter 19/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-A] Deenethorpe 7/6/44. ...

Missions

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 418

    17 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 432

    22 June 1944

  • 435

    23 June 1944

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hamburg, Germany 7 April 1920
Departed Hamburg to emigrate to the USA Hamburg, Germany 8 August 1923

Ship: Orca/Demerara

Enlisted Hartford, Connecticut 30 January 1943
401st BG Combat Tour Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 30 May 1944 – 19 July 1944
7th Combat Mission Hamburg, Germany 20 June 1944

Had the unenviable task of navigating his crew on a mission to bomb the city of his birth, where it is certain he had relatives still living.

Prisoner of War Zagan, Poland 19 July 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft III

Shot Down/Captured Corne, France 19 July 1944
Died New Haven, Connecticut 27 April 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2021 01:32:58 acbernstein1 Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2127

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 20:11:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 23:08:22 466thHistorian Changes to events
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corrected biography

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2019 23:07:43 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1068&h=6208646&...

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?dt=466&sc=11675...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2127

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8157, Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000,

href="http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2127">http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=2127>

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