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42-102503

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; slated 96BG, Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; 423BS/306BG [RD-W] Thurleigh 18/5/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Dan Gates, Co-pilot: Ed Jordan, Navigator: John Taylor, Bombardier: Hugo Cappelli, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Sulzinski, Radio Operator: Jim Peltz, Waist gunner: Buffard Johnson, Tail gunner: Howard Reed (9 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Ray Fountain (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Reichenow, SW of Wreizen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8835. BELLE OF THE BLUE.

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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Hugo Cappelli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Albert Adams crew. Reported to group on 21 Oct 1943. Shot down by fighters at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Blue #42-102503. POW at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11. POW, AM 2 OLC,

  • Raymond Fountain

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crashed at Elsehenau in B-17 'Belle of the Blue' 42-102503, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Daniel Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO in Jul 1944. ...

  • Buffard Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Blue #42102503 POW

  • Edward Jordan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Blue #42102503. Completed 8 missions. Prisoner of War (POW) for 8 months at Stalaf Luft I. POW; AM

  • James Peltz

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Guy Burnett crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Crashed at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Blue #42102503. POW at Hohe Mark Hospital (Serves Dulag Luft) Oberursel Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-07. POW, AM, PH,

  • Howard Reed

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Blue #42102503 POW

  • Charles Sulzinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Blue #42102503 POW

  • John Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crashed at Elsehenau on 9/12/44 in B-17 'Belle of the Blue' #42-102503, Prisoner of War (POW). 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 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 19:09:41 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8835 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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