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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-L] Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-Q] Thurleigh 13/5/44; Gr/crew Sgt Bob Holthaus (ettg) was installing guns when fire broke out followed by a mild explosion the fire increased and aircraft exploded, damaging 42-97396 on adjoining hardstand 7/8/44; Salvaged 2 SAD 8/8/44. FICKLE FINGER.



  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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


  • 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...


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 432

    22 June 1944

  • 438

    24 June 1944


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 10:52:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations

Associated mission from details provided by Wayne Tolmachoff.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log