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Edwin Dale Rinkenberger

Military

Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

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People

  • Fred Browning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #425913. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Cokins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Durakov

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lyle Fryer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Good

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Chester Lisiewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Chester Lisiewski was assigned to the 385th Bomb Group / 550th Bomb Squadron. He was Engineer / Top Turret gunner on B-17 42-5913 "Shack Bunny", lost due to mechanical trouble on the 20 October 1943 mission to Duren, Germany. After landing on the...

  • Clifford McIlveen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Joseph Pittman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5913 Shack Bunny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 5 May 1943; Kearney 30 May 1943; Dow Field 19 June 1943; Assigned 551BS/385BG Great Ashfield 20 June 1943; Missing in Action Duren 20 October 1943 with Pilot Lyle V. Fryer; Co-pilot: Clifford G. McIlveen; Navigator: John S. Durakov...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 100

    23 September 1943
    This mission consisted of three elements, one element from 1st Bomb Division and 2 others from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element was a combined force of 177 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19) and 381BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    18 October 1943
    This was another attempt at launching at attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. Both B-17 Groups and B-24 Groups were scheduled to participate, but the mission was recalled over the North Sea because of weather. One B-24 Failed to Return ...

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Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gridley, Illinois 11 December 1919
Prisoner of War 20 October 1943
Died 2 July 1992
Buried Gridley, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 17:30:39 Jarink Changes to mission associations
Sources

Source of missions is a list written by my grandfather, Lt. Rinkenberger.

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 11:52:25 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 828 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 13:25:36 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 828
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 828,son James Rinkenberger

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