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Chester C Pluta


Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030



  • Ora Castrup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 22 March 1921
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 12 September 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Schleissheim , Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944

F. O. Chester C. Pluta, 29 years of age, late of 7400 W. 62d street, Argo, Ill., killed in action over Germany on July 31st, 1944, son of Camilla Pluta, brother of Anthony, Stella, Irene, Ann, and Helen, brother-in-law of Betty Pluta, Steven Pajewski, and Chester Nowak, uncle of Patricia, Barbara, Chester, Marcia, Pamela, Steve, and Lorraine. Funeral Monday, Aug. 21, 1950, 10 a.m., from chapel, 6039 Archer road, Argo, to St. Blase's church. Interment Resurrection cemetery

Buried 21 August 1950

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
Justice, Cook Co., Illinois


Date Contributor Update
24 February 2018 03:55:13 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database