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Dee Jack Butler

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Dee Butler was Co-Pilot of B-24 'Rhapsody In Junk' #41-28733, shot down by flak on the 18 June 1944 mission to the Fassberg airfield, Germany. Crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft III and Stalag VII-A.

Service

People

  • William Brodek

    Military | First Lieutenant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    On 18 June 1944, William Brodek flew as a substitute for Joseph Risko, who had frostbite, on B-24 “Rhapsody in Junk” #4128733. The aircraft crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village of Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein. Brodek was taken as a Prisoner...

  • Alexander Cardenas

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Alexander Cardenas served as a waist gunner with the 754th Bomb Squadron of the 458th Bomb Group. ...

  • Charles Clifford

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein on 6/18/44 in B-24 “Rhapsody In Junk” #4128733. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft IV.

  • Lawrence Dean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein on 6/18/44 in B-24 “Rhapsody In Junk” # 4128733. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft IV.

  • Frank Deimel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Deimel had studied to become a priest. He crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein in B-24 “Rhapsody In Junk” #41-28733 when it was shot down by flak on the 18 June 1944 mission to the Fassberg airfield, Germany....

  • Harold Flaugher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 458th Bomb Group
    Flaugher was Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 "Rhapsody In Junk" 41-28733 of 458th Bomb Group / 754th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 18 June 1944 mission to Fassberg, Germany. ...

  • Jack Gonzales

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein on 6/18/44 in B-24 “Rhapsody in Junk” #4128733. Prisoner of War (POW), Stalag Luft IV.

  • Thomas Jeffers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Thomas F. Jeffers, bombardier, was shot down on 18 June 1944 on his 3rd mission. B-24 was named 'Rhapsody in Junk'. Was Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III for 7 months and was a POW at Stalag VIIA for 3 more months. He was liberated from...

  • Henry Northrop

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein on 6/18/44 in B-24 “Rhapsody in Junk.” POW at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VII-A. ...

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28733 'Rhapsody in Junk'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fassberg airfield, Germany shot down by flak on the 18-Jun-44. 9 x POW 1 x KIA. MACR 5908.

Missions

  • 421

    18 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Idaho, United States 11 August 1920
Enlisted Santa Ana, California, United States 22 February 1943

in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet

Captured Kappeln, near Schleswig, Germany 18 June 1944

Landed in parachute and was immediately captured

Prisoner of War (POW) Sagan, Poland 18 June 1944 – 29 April 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Poland. Force-marched to Stalag 7A Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military control 21 July 1945."

Buried Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park, Ogden, Utah, United States 1992
Died Saint George, Washington County, Utah, United States 25 September 1992
Lived in Ogden, Utah, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 13:29:06 Lucy May Changes to biography and place associations
Sources

Additional information sent through to the American Air Museum by Thomas F Jeffers' daughter, Marilyn.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 10:45:03 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5908
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5908 & Page 273 of the book LIBERAORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 &  458bg.com - crew picture in Newell's crew in 754th BS

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