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41-24494

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 16-Aug-1942; Thurleigh 13-October-1942. 9-Nov-42 despatched on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France it was damaged by flak. Upon return it landed at Portreath, over-ran the runway, overran a dirt berm and crashed into a field. The Navigator 2Lt William L. Eubank was thrown through the nose but was only shaken up. The Bombardier 1Lt William P. Erickson was KIA by flak over the target. The aircraft was salvaged on 12-November-1942.

P Maj Harry Holt (RTD); CP 1Lt Ralph J. Gaston (RTD)
N 2Lt William L. Eubank (RTD); B 1Lt William P. Erickson (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Lester D. Quant (RTD); RO TSgt John D. Jones (RTD)
BTG SSgt Percy C. Bolinger (RTD); WG SSgt Albert J. Conte (RTD)
WG Sgt E. E. Kennedy (RTD); TG Sgt Rudolph C. Garcia.

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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Percy Bolinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the group. He flew on Ralph Gaston crew. On 9 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494. ...

  • Albert Conte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 9 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494. ...

  • William Erickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24494 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France, 9 November 1942 Killed in Action (KIA). Reported hit by 20mm flak shell above the target. On return, the aircraft crashed into field beyond runway. Erickson was only...

  • William Eubank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    While serving as Navigator of B-17F 41-24494 on 9 November 1942 his aircraft was assigned to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. On return, the aircraft overshot the runway at Portreath and crashed into field beyond runway. 2Lt Eubank was...

  • Rudolph Garcia

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 9 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494. ...

  • Ralph Gaston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 9 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17 41-24494. ...

  • Harry Holt

    Military | Major | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    While serving as Pilot of B-17F 41-24494 on 9 November 1942 he was assigned to bomb the U-Boat pens target at St. Nazaire, France. On return, he overshot the runway while attempting to land at Portreath and crashed into field beyond runway. RTD

  • John Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    09 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494. ...

  • E Kennedy

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24494 on 9 November 1942 the aircraft was assigned to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. On return, the aircraft overshot the runway when it attempted to land at Portreath and crashed into field...

  • Lester Quandt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 9 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494. RTD ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 21:37:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Formatted crew information in description per existing data.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 21:28:26 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Entry developed from: "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman & Dave Osborne, "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey. MBE.

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