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Gene Robert Goodrick


Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944, as crew pilot, 35 combat missions.

Silver Star Citation: GENE R. GOODRICK, O-760823, First Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For gallantry in action while piloting a B-17 bomber on a penetration mission over Germany, 30 November 1944. Unable to observe the target on the initial run due to dense contrails left by preceding formations, Lieutenant Goodrick ordered the bombs held. Just after turning to make the second bomb run, an almost direct burst of flak exploded the oxygen tank under the flight deck and started a fierce fire. In the resultant confusion, the navigator, bombardier, co-pilot, and engineer bailed out, but Lieutenant Goodrick remained cool, his only concern at the moment being to hold his position and perform his duty. Immediately after releasing the bombs, he left the formation, rejoining his unit later after the fire had been extinguished. Arriving at the base after dark with the hydraulic and electrical systems destroyed, Lieutenant Goodrick exhibited a high degree of skill by safely landing the crippled bomber unassisted. His courage, skill and tenacity of purpose are worthy of the highest praise. Entered Military service from Missouri.

Awards: SS, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Willard Clairday

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Gene Goodrick crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Died in Service whilst with 1726ATS, 1702ATG, MATS.

  • Willis Clarke

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Cresto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944, George F. Parker Crew, 18 combat missions. ...

  • Frank Furiga

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Became POW on 30 November 1944 when, because of miscommunication, he bailed out over enemy territory. ...

  • David Harter

    Military | Copilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Jesse McCoy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on 6 June 1944, Robert Koch Crew, per squadron history (microfilm A0641-00226), 27 combat missions. Bailed out over enemy territory, KIA Final Resting Place or Memorial: Texas

  • Lee Pierce

    Military | Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Seibel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | MOS 612 - Flexible Gunner/Togglier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Simms Spears

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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


  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 43-38800 BUSY BUZZARD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; battle damaged Zeitz 30/11/44 with ? ; abandoned over continent; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45....


  • 731

    30 November 1944

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 Eldon, MO 11 November 1921

Son of Augustus and Grace [Hicks] Goodrick.

Enlisted St Louis, MO 20 August 1942

St Louis, Missouri

Based Grafton Underwood July 1944 – January 1945

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

Promotion Grafton Underwood, UK 4 September 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died 18 May 2015
Buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Jennings, St. Louis County, MO 21 May 2015

Memorial Park Cemetery
Jennings, St. Louis County, Missouri


Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 12:59:22 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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27 July 2020 12:49:28 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 19:20:21 bombercommand Changes to awards and events

Personal correspondence with his daughter.

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01 March 2015 21:01:30 bombercommand Changes to biography, mission associations and media associations

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19 February 2015 22:30:39 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:37 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11111 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database