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Donald Richard Ackerson


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot II' Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3867
POW Camp: Dulag Luft Gross tychow Dulag 12



  • Joseph Bedsole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Killed in Action (KIA). Did not have parachute on, said he would never become Prisoner of War (POW). Last man to bail out saw him sitting in co-pilot seat. DFC; Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Maurice Booska

    Military | Major | MOS 1091 - Pilot, B-17 | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 547th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #141 dated 12 November 1943, as crew pilot. He served two tours with the 384th Bomb Group and flew 47 combat missions.

  • Thomas Farrow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 - Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974. Missing Air Crew Report #7278. POW

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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


  • 42-31433 RUM POT II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/11/43; Kearney 15/11/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-V] Grafton Underwood 8/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Clarry Stearns, Navigator: Bob Hock, Bombardier: Don Ackerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave...


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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 New York, NY, USA 1921
Enlisted Governors Island, New York, NY, USA 25 August 1942

Residence: Nassau County, New York
Private, Branch Immaterial
Enlisted ASN: 32437261

Assigned 12 November 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #141 dated 12 November 1943, Maurice Booska Crew. 27 combat missons.

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 April 1944 – May 1945

POW Camp: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12

Died 1996

Tappan Cemetery
Rockland County
New York, USA


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3867 / MACR 3867, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database