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Thomas Francis Jeffers

Military

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 7A on 29 April 1945. Spent 29 1/2 years in the AF, retiring as lieutenant colonel. Worked in Procurement on guidance systems for various missiles such as Titan and Atlas, also on production of conventional munitions.

The Great War For Civilization Medal; Air Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Military Merit; American Campaign; WW II victory Medal; POW Medal, Armed Forces Reserve; National Defense Medal; EAME Medal

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...

  • Dee Butler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    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...

  • 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.

  • 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. ...

  • Joseph Risko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist gunner on B-24 41-28733 ...

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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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brockton, Massachusetts, United States 1 February 1921
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 1 September 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

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

Captured in Kappeln, near Schleswig, Germany, on 18 June 1944 at 10:00am. Interned at Stalag Luft 3 and evacuated to Stalag 7A on the forced march that started on 27 January 1945. Stalag 7A in Moosburg was liberated by the US 14th Armored Division on 29 April 1945. Tom Jeffers boarded the "Marine Dragon" and docked at Boston, Massachusetts on 11 June 1945.

Died Oxford, Ohio, United States 24 June 2004
Buried Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 14:19:45 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations
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Corrections sent through to the American Air Museum by Thomas F Jeffers' daughter, Marilyn.

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24 August 2015 15:08:02 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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photo

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24 August 2015 15:06:54 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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added photo

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24 August 2015 14:55:43 ED-BB Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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Added photo

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24 August 2015 14:45:33 ED-BB Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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deleted connections

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24 August 2015 14:41:47 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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Added photo

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17 August 2015 15:50:06 ED-BB Changes to events
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Corrected typo in "POW" event text

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2015 15:33:45 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Daughter Marilyn's info
MACR 5908
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2015 22:14:29 Rhapsody Changes to biography
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Marilyn Jeffers Walton - daughter

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2015 22:10:53 Rhapsody Changes to nickname, biography, events and place associations
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Marilyn Jeffers Walton daughter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:54 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self/daughter Marilyn Walton & Page 277of the book LIBERATORS OVER EUROPE by Mackay, Bailey & Scorza, D790G458 &  458bg.com - crew picture in Newell's crew in 754th BS

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