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Crew of the Silver Dollar

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Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Peter Gudyka

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 21 combat missions.

  • Emmet Hardy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation Specialty 612 - Tail Gunner
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #3005.

  • John Heiss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). 16 combat missions.

  • Joseph Jacobson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 11 combat missions.

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). 16 combat missions.

  • Arthur Osepchook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and the ship crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to...

  • Merlin Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 19 combat missions.

  • Bruce Rininsland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and the ship crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR #3005.

  • Robert Wellman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). 20 combat missions.

Aircraft

  • 42-37781 Silver Dollar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/8/43; Gr Island 18/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; 1 BAD 23/10/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-U] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43, after 544/5BS; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Merlin H. Reed, Co-pilot: Bruce M. Rininsland...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2017 19:47:43 Watspoon Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Taken from crew photos of the Silver Dollar found on the 384th Bomb Group Website
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=3329

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