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Charles Urban Rapp Jr

Military

Assigned to 368BS, 308BG, 8AF USAAF. Dean Allen crew. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Gelsenkirchen in B-17 42-97946 'Hard To Get'. Crashed at Budberg. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8464

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Dean Allen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to the group on 7 Jun 1944. Crashed at Budberg on 8/26/44 in B-17 Hard To Get #4297946. POW at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11) POW, AM 2OLC,

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. ...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97946 Hard T' Get

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Kearney 16/5/44; Dow Fd 2/6/44; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Thurleigh 14/6/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Dean Allen, Waist gunner: Dick Huebotter,Tail gunner: Jim Carey (3 Prisoner of War);...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Johnstown, PA 10 November 1915

Son of Charles Urban Sr and Veronica F Rapp.

Draft registration Johnstown, PA October 1940

Employed by Bethlehem Steel Co. Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Enlisted Birmingham, AL 1 October 1942

Birmingham, Alabama

Based Thurleigh 1944 – 26 August 1944

Assigned to 368BS, 308BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Budberg, Germany 26 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Gelsenkirchen in B-17 42-97946 'Hard To Get'. Crashed at Budberg. KIA MACR 8464

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liege, Belgium
Block B, Row 30, Grave 12

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