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Harold S Derr Jr

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 12/6/44 near Mepple in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658

Service

People

  • Howard DeMallie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mepple on 12/6/44 in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658

  • Richard Fuller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Mepple on 12/6/44 in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658. He was only member of crew to escape. Spent 5 months with Dutch Underground. Returned to Allied Control 1 Apr 45 Pilot was Richard De Mellie

  • Donald Holmes

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 12/6/44 near Mepple in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658

  • Joe Marlowe

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Mepple in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658

  • Henry Rutkowski

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 12/6/44 near Mepple in B-17 'Blanco Diablo #42102658

  • Lowell Strain

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 12/6/44 near Mepple in B-17 'Blanco Diablo' #42102658

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Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102658 Blanco Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Gr Island 12/45/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 30/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 6/12/44 with Howard DeMallie, Chas Olson, Don Holmes, Howard Derp, Lowell Strain, Henry Rutkowski, Loel Bishop (7...

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Watsontown, Pennsylvania 16 October 1918

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2018 19:14:57 BruceDerr Changes to highest rank
Sources

Special Orders, Headquarters San Antonio District, AAF Personnel Distribution Commad, San Antonio, Texas, 29 September 1945, effectice 1 Oct 1945:
To Be Technical Sergeant: S Sgt (757) Harold S. Derr, Jr. 13022055

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2018 19:07:39 BruceDerr Changes to events
Sources

Birth Certificate

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2018 18:52:46 BruceDerr Changes to service number, person associations and place associations
Sources

Missing Aircraft Crew Report (MACR) 11052

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2018 18:42:44 BruceDerr Changes to surname, firstname and nickname
Sources

Harold S Derr Jr was my Father, service number 13022055, who served in the 447th BG, 708 BS, based at Rattlesden, England. He flew with the Howard DeMallie crew on Blanco Diablo (B-17G 42-102658). He was on the plane when it was shot down on a mission to Merseberg, Dec 6, 1944. He was captured and spent the remainder of the war in Stalag Luft I.

Verification of this information can be found in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 11052

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11052

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