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42-102669

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-G] Thurleigh 24/5/44; Missing in Action Cauvincourt, Fr 8/8/44 with Andy Kata, Co-pilot: George Simons, Navigator: Ray Bleker, togg-Phil Mundell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Brown, Ball turret gunner: Cliff Latta (6 Returned to Duty); Radio Operator: Stan Endrusick, Waist gunner: John Lawlor, Waist gunner: Horace Kepler, Tail gunner: Basil Lowry (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3, crashed Caen, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 8434. DAMYANKEE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Raymond Bleker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669, Returned to Duty (RTD).

  • Joseph Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Andrew Kata crew. Reported to the ETO on 27 Apr 1944. AM OLC, DFC,

  • Stanley Endrusick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669. This was his 35th mission. He was picked up by German '88 artillery crew and spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft IV. "Damn Yankee" name of plane. Flew on Andrew Kata crew. POW

  • Andrew Kata

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 27 Apr 1944. RTD Hit by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669. AM, DFC,

  • Horace Kepler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner; Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669. Flew 32 missions. Lt. Sidney Wolfe was the original crew when he arrived at Thurleigh. Lt. Herbert Bloom and Kepler flew their first mission with Lt. Charles J....

  • Cliff Latta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Andrew Kata crew. Reported to the ETO on 27 Apr 1944. Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669 RTD. AM OLC, DFC,

  • John Lawlor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner / Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Basil Lowry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Andrew Kata crew. Reported to the ETO on 27 apr 1944. Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669. POW at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobb POW, AM OLC, DFC,

  • Philip Mundell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Togglier, Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to Robert Schoch crew. Reported to the ETO on 19 Nov 1943. ...

  • George Simons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    RTD Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42102669

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Places

  • 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) France 8 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 20:11:31 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF per MACR 8434 at Fold3.com.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 19:32:21 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8434 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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