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42-97365

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/44; Rapid City 8/3/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-Z] Thurleigh 2/6/44; Missing in Action Halle 16/8/44 with Young Newsom, Co-pilot: Irving Dudley, Navigator: Harry Pasvoll, Bombardier: Gordon Slocum, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jerry Myers, Ball turret gunner: Milton Bassett, Waist gunner: Orville Werts,Tail gunner: Floyd Owens (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Henry Kantor (KIA-on ground, two Luftwaffe soldiers from Rheine airfield nearby were tried and hung 5/9/47); flak, crashed Rotenkirchen, W of Bohlen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7901. ZAMRO.

Service

Units

  • 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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Milton Bassett

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen on 8/16/44 in B-17 #4297365 POW

  • Irving Dudley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 21 Jul 1944. While flying as copilot on Young B. Newsom crew, shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen on 8/16/44 in B-17 #42-97365. POW at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Cam POW

  • Henry Kantor

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen in B-17 #4297365. Only member of crew killed all others were Prisoner of War (POW); s

  • Jerry Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen on 8/16/44 in B-17 # 4297365. POW at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16. He was a member of the...

  • Young Newson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Floyd Owens

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on John G. Davis crew. Reported to group on 11 Jun 1944. Shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen on 8/16/44 in B-17 #42-97365. POW at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved t POW

  • Harold Pasvoll

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Irving Dudley crew. Reported to group on 21 Jul 1944. He was shot down flying with Young B. C. Newson crew. ...

  • Gordon Slocum

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen on 8/16/44 in B-17 #4297365

  • Andrew Tolmachoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Andrew Tolmachoff was the youngest of eleven children born to Russian immigrant parents. After graduating from high school he had aspirations to be a major league baseball pitcher but the bombing of Pearl Harbor ended that dream. After enlisting...

  • Orville Werts

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on James Edeler crew. Reported to ETO on 11 Jun 1944. Shot down by flak and crashed at Rotenkirchen on 8/16/44 in B-17 #4297365. POW at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wo POW

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 16 August 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7901 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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