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Floyd Ray Pederson


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Marv Kravet crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • 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.

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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


  • 42-102449

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-R] Grafton Underwood 16/4/44; battle damaged Cologne 10/11/44 with ?; force landed continent; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 42-38208 Lilly Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Rougham 10/2/44 as GEORGIA’S PEACHES; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-A] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44; transferred 398BG Nuthampsted 27/5/45; 58m but none with 398BG, to RAF Valley for...

  • 42-97204

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 30/3/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Harry Rainey, Co-pilot: J.Z. Rowe, Navigator: Chas Francis, Bombardier: Walt Kendall,...

  • 42-97237 'ROYAL FLUSH III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 24/3/44; Missing in Action Freidrichshafen 19/7/44 with Dick Mount, Co-pilot: Bob Stuempfle, Navigator: Bob Rouse, tog-Vernon Rients, Flight...

  • 44-6080

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 27/5/44; taxi accident with 44-6141 27/9/44, with Bert Brown, Co-pilot: Bill Bayne, Navigator: Ray Scherer, Bombardier: Walt Franklin, Flight...

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 Pulaski County, AR 1 August 1918

Son of W. H. and Maddie Pederson.

Specialist training Childress AAF, Childress, TX 5 August 1943

Graduated from Bombardier School at Childress AAF, Childress, Texas, Class #43-11.

Based Grafton Underwood November 1943 – July 1944

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

Enlisted Little Rock, AR 16 December 1943
Discharged USAAF 11 April 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Jacksonville, AR 18 May 1983
Buried Oakland Memorial Cemetery, Clarksville, Johnson County, AR 21 May 1983

Oakland Memorial Cemetery
Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas


Date Contributor Update
24 August 2020 16:01:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:40 AAM AAM ingest

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