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42-97181

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Hunter 22/2/44; Morrison 5/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-X] Podington 9/4/44; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-B] Thurleigh 25/4/44; 327BS/92BG [UX-X] Podington 9/5/45 to; 139m, Salvaged 31/10/45. STEADY HEDY.

Reportedly completed a total of 118 combat missions without a mechanical abort. It was a remarkable achievement for its crew chief S/Sgt Daniel Everett and his assistant S/Sgt Earl Schwab.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jack Baasel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. He reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Flew on 42-97181 on 3 January 1045. He was off combat on 02 Apr 1945. AM 3OLC,

  • Albert Bowley

    Military | Major | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Graduated from West Point in June 1943 as a pilot and 2nd Lt. with a bachelor of science degree. He completed 22 missions as Aircraft Commander. Shot down over Cologne, Germany 10 January 1945. Crash landed behind friendly lines near Le Guesnoy, France...

  • Joseph Chancey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 06 Oct 1944. Complete tour on 04 Apr 1945. AM 5OLC,

  • Everett Daniel

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew chief on 'Steady Hedy' with completed 118 missions.

  • John Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 29 Aug 1944. Flew 35 missions mostly in B-17G "Lassie Come Home" #43-37715. Minor flak damage on several missions, no crew injured or lost. Flew missions from 13 Sept 44 to 08 Jan 45. ...

  • William Haase

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to ETO on 21 Aug 1944. Completed 30 missions. Departed on 07 Oct 1945. AM 3OLC, DFC,

  • Alfred Johansen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to the ETO on 08 Jul 1944. Completed 35 missions from 13 July-26 Nov 1944. Departed the ETO in December 1944. AM 3/OLC; DFC; ETO 3 stars

  • Harlan Laughlin

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to the ETO on 21 Aug 1944. Completed 30 missions from August 1944- 07 Apr 1945. Flew 5 missions as Group Lead, 1 as Division Lead, 10 Squadron Lead, and 1 Deputy Squadron Lead. Departed the ETO on 13 Apr 1945. AM 4OLC, DFC,

  • Melvin Loes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Melvin "Moon" Loes volunteered for service in 1943 and joined his crew in Tampa in 1944. He arrived into England on 23 November 1944. On his second mission, his crew lost 2 of 4 engines and made an emergency landing in France. Moon completed 27...

  • Leo Reinhart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Gennaro Carrazzone crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. He transferred to the 367th BS on 29 Aug 1944. AM 5OLC, DFC,

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Missions

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Salvaged Podington, Wellingborough, Bedford NN29, UK 31 October 1945

Salvaged 31/10/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2015 15:38:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/plane.php?plane=steady-hedy

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 10:56:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated mission from details provided by Wayne Tolmachoff.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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