B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-32030 / Devil’s Luck

B-17 #42-32030 / Devil’s Luckzoom_in


  • RCL: G

MACR: 7744 / KSU/ME/KU: 2692

Missions: 26


History of
B-17 42-32030 / Devil’s Luck

Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned: 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; MIA Munich 31/7/44 Pilot: Ora Castrup, Joe DeRidder, Harvey Dellward, Chester Pluta, Ira Robinson, Harry Guyette, Pasquale Spina, John McCleary (8KIA); Fred Justus (POW); flak, exploded Schleisheim, Germany. MACR 7744. DEVIL’S LUCK.

Last updated: 31. July 2021


B-17 42-32030 / Devil’s Luck Details

A/C 030, flying No. 6 position of the low squadron of the 388th B (low group) was hit by flak over target just before bombs away. The a/c blew up. One chute was seen. It also was reported to have been hit by a 500-lb bomb.

Source: MACR 7744


B-17 42-32030 / Devil’s Luck Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Ora Castrup KIA
CP 1LT Joseph Alphonse DeRidder KIA Experienced co-pilot with 16 missions
BOMB F/O Chester Casimir Pluta KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Ira William Robinson KIA Completed 1 tour in ETO. Shot down on first mission of second tour.
RO S/SGT Harry Octave Guyette Jr. KIA
BT SGT Pasquale Robert Spina KIA
WG S/SGT Fred Stuart Justus POW
TG SGT John McCleary KIA

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