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Henry Harris Northrop

Military

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.

Henry Northrop's father was a minister in Long Island, and Henry grew up with his four brothers, singing with them in the local boys choir. Before joining the service in 1942, Henry worked at W. T. Grant Company in New York and at Rippey's Diner in Batavia, New York. He earned his pilot's wings after training in Mississippi and Arkansas from February 1943 to October of that same year. His four brothers all served in the military in Europe during WWII. Henry also served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

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...

  • 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 Batavia, New York, USA 28 March 1917

the son of Edward Arthur and Ann Carol Seal Northrop

Enlisted Rochester, New York, United States 24 September 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 18 June 1944

Captured in Keppeln, near Schleswig, Germany, 18 June 1944 at 10:00am. NARA WWII POW database : “Stalag Luft 3 Sagan – Returned to Military control 8 June 1945”

Died Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States 6 April 1998
Buried Redwood Memorial Cemetery, West Jordan, Utah, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2016 13:42:39 Lucy May Changes to biography and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5897 & Page 280 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 & 458bg.com - crew picture at Northrop crew in 754th BS

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

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 15:58:41 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

added crew photo

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 15:56:10 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

added photo connection

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 15:54:35 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 5908
458th Bomb Group website : www.458bg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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