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Harold Jack Flaugher

Military

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.

He was the sole casualty, and the 9 other crew members on board were made prisoners. Flaugher was found dead on the ground. Flaugher was seen dead by his fellow crew members in Eckenforde, Germany, where his body was held by the Germans at the Navy base there.

He was buried in Germany in a church cemetery for three years and transferred to Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. He was from German descent and had lived in Bloomdale, Ohio. In high school, he played football, basketball and ran track. Gifted with a strong voice, he sang in the church choir. He worked in his father's Flaugher's Garage before enlisting in March 1943.

He had last been seen with his parachute on, asking to be pushed out of the plane. German and crew members' statements differ, the latter thinking Flaugher was killed on the ground, as they saw his chest was crushed, and he had a small discoloration on his right temple. But their friend had no broken bones nor blood on him. His clothes were intact with all the buttons buttoned. Injuries were consistent with a man who could have hit the side of the plane when it turned on descent, killing him instantly.

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....

  • 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...

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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 Bloomdale, Wood County, Ohio, United States 9 April 1923

the son of Wilbur Clyde Flaugher Sr and Alta Flaugher

Enlisted Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, United States 6 March 1943
Killed in Action (KIA) near Kappeln, Germany 18 June 1944

Was seen dead by his fellow crew members in the city where these had been brought after their arrest. He had last been seen with his parachute on, asking to be pushed out of the plane. German and crew members' statements differ, the latter thinking Flaugher was killed on the ground, as they saw his chest was broken, no other bones broken, a large discoloration on the right temple, like he had been struck by a blunt instrument or object...like a rifle butt...

Buried 21 June 1944

Initially buried in the military cemetery, Husumstrasse, Schleswig

Lived in Bloomdale, Ohio, United States
Buried

Re-interred after the war at the Ardennes American Cemetery - Plot C - Row 7 - Grave 24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 13:59:57 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
20 April 2016 14:52:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Correct name is Harold Jack FLAUGHER > Harold J Flaugher (user : ED-BB)

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 5908
- Page 275 of the book LIBERATORS OVER EUROPE by Mackay, Bailey & Scorza, D790G458;
- 458bg. crew picture in Newell's crew in 754th BS

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 15:44:51 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Linked to photo

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 15:42:06 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

WWII Enlistment records
MACR 5908
ABMC website
Marilyn Jeffers Walton's book "Rhapsody In Junk" (Authorhouse, April 2007)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5908 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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