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Claus Norman Gustafson


Entered Army/Air Force in September 1942, discharged in November 1945.

Arrived in England in November 1943 when attached to 384th BG at Grafton Underwood, as a Waist Gunner on a B-17. Made 17 missions when shot down over Oberpfoffenhofen, Germany on 24 April 1944 in B-17 42-38158.

Lost 8 of crew when plane exploded. Radio/Gunner and I parachuted, were captured and ended up Prisoner of War (POW)s at Stalag 17-B in Krems, Austria. Liberated at war's end on 8 May 1945, following 300 mile march to German border.

AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ POW/ ETO w/ battle star/ GC/ PUC



  • Marvin Kravet

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Transferred to 15th AF. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William MacKichan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Oberpfoffenhofen, Germany on 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38158. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron



    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Denver 14/6/43; Kearney 19/7/43; Assigned to the 547th BS, squadron code SO-E, 384th BG, Station 106, Grafton Underwood, UK on 9/8/43; when war weary the ship was used as an assembly ship, painted white with sky blue polka dots; Returned...

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-37801

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 25/11/43; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 16/3/44 with Edwin Ledbetter, Co-pilot: Tom Miles, Navigator: Elvin Noxon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon...

  • 42-38158 Jean

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 1/1/44; Gr Island 13/1/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Bill McKichan, Co-pilot: Bill Hautz, Navigator: Neil Walling, Bombardier: John Lynch, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97150 'SILVER QUEEN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 26/2/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 544BS [SU-F]; force landed continent 10/1/45; Salvaged. SILVER QUEEN.

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Plainfield, New Jersey 22 February 1922

Son of Claus A and Hulda Gustafson.

Enlisted New York City, NY September 1942

New York City, New York

Based Grafton Underwood November 1943 – 24 April 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Oberpfoffenhofen, Germany 24 April 1944

Shot down over Oberpfoffenhofen, Germany on 24-Apr-44 in B-17 42-38158. POW MACR 4352

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 24 April 1944 – 8 May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Discharged USAAF November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Fanwood, New Jersey 7 February 2022


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02 March 2022 10:28:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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24 August 2020 19:03:47 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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25 May 2020 00:03:47 Sean Humpage Changes to awards

384th Bomb Group Website

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27 September 2014 18:06:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 4352