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Albert Sherwood Horan


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Owens crew. 36 x combat missions. B-17 44-6592 'Stardust' damaged by flak over Berlin 3-Feb-45. Pilot 2nd Lt. Ruckman flew damaged a/c behind Soviet lines and force landed at an airfield near Torun, Poland. Repaired plane and returned to base. Crew returned to duty in Mar-45. RTD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Richard Buswell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 missions from 18-Aug-44 to 10-Jan-45. Shot down on 35th mission and bailed out over Belgium. Awards: AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Owens

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • George Ruckman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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


  • 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...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 43-38542

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 10/9/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-J] Grafton Underwood 23/9/44; returning from mission leading edge of aircraft iced up, then lost two engines crash landed base 20/1/45 with Warren Freshman, Co-pilot...

  • 43-38630

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/8/44; Hunter 17/9/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 7/10/44; Salvaged 13/6/45.(22/3/45?)

  • 43-38800 BUSY BUZZARD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; battle damaged Zeitz 30/11/44 with ? ; abandoned over continent; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45....

  • 44-6592 STARDUST

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 28 October 1944; Missing in Action on a mission to Berlin, 3 February 1945 with George F. Ruckman, Fiorino A. Cinquanta, John O....

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...


Event Location Date
Born Tonawanda, NY 24 February 1925

Son of Albert Leroy and Dorothy Ann [Siegmund] Horan.

Enlisted 1943
Based Grafton Underwood August 1944 – January 1945

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

Promotion Grafton Underwood, UK 14 August 1944

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Landed off base on continent Torun, Poland 3 February 1945 – March 1945

Landed off base on continent due to flak damage. Landed at Torun, Poland. A/C repaired and flown back to base.

Discharged USAAF September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted Buffalo, NY 17 October 1945

Buffalo, New York

Discharged USAF 1974

31 years service in USAAF/USAF. Honourable discharge.

Died Loma Linda, CA 28 February 2012
Buried Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, CA 16 March 2012

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside, Riverside County, California


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 11:38:25 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, events, person associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 09:14:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12154 / MACR 12154, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database