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42-102969

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-X] Thurleigh 5/6/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Earl Barr, Co-pilot: Bob Reid, Bombardier: Garland Montague, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hector Chavez, Ball turret gunner: Nick Hoolko{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Alf Capen{Wounded in Action} (6 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Matt Meyerson(chute failed), Radio Operator: Bill Bauer,Tail gunner: Wilbur Whitaker (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit #1 & #3, then exploded and crashed Brodowin, near Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8836. METHUSELAH.

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

  • Earl Barr

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Harold Barrett crew. Reported to group on 11 Jun 1944. Completed approx. 29 missions. Crashed at Brodowiin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Methuselah #42102969. POW at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. POW, AM 4Olc,

  • William Bauer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner, Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Brodowin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Methuselah #42102969 POW

  • Alfred Capen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Harold Barrett crew. Reported to group on 11 Jun 1944. Crashed at Brodowiin in B-17 Methuselah 42-102969 on 9/12/44. POW at Stalag 9C Bad Sulza Saxe-Weimar 51-11. POW, AM

  • Hector Chavez

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew with Harold Barrett crew. Reported to group on 11 Jun 1944. ...

  • Nicholas Hoolko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Mathew Meyerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Brodowin in B-17 Methuselah #42102969

  • Garland Montague

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Brodowin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Methuselah #42102969. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. POW

  • Matthew Myerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Harold Barrett crew. Reported to group on 11 Jun 1944. He completed approx. 31 missions. Shot down on 12 Sept 1944 in B-17 42-102969 "Methuselah" flying with Earl R. Barr. AM 2OLC,

  • Robert Reid

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Cardon crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Completed approx. 9 missions from 07 Aug to 12 Sept 1944. He was flying on Earl Barr crew when crashed at Brodowin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Methuselah #42-102 POW, AM OLC,

  • Wilbur Whitaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Brodowin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Methuselah #42102969 POW

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) Germany 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8836 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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