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41-24417

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 97BG 24/8/42; dam 21/10/42; BAD 24/10/42; 369BS/306BG [WW-M] Thurleigh /10/42; ditched North Sea, off Cromer, Nfk., 26/7/43 with Alphonse Maresh, Co-pilot: Bob Hoyt, Navigator: Jim Brown, Bombardier: Art Isaac, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Ross, Radio Operator: Gordon Lewis, Ball turret gunner: Mo Steinhart, Waist gunner: Linden Voight, Waist gunner: Theo Harkin,Tail gunner: Reaford Watkins (10 Returned to Duty); ditched North Sea, ¼ mile off Norfolk coast, rescued by ASR. DIXIE DEMO II.

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Theodore Harkin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • Robert Hoyt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425426 'Fightin' Bitin'. ' Killed in Action (KIA) [according to Russell Strong Hoyt survived].

  • Arthur Isaac

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Arthur was born on 22 July 1921 in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jewish immigrants from Hungary, Jack and Pauly Isaac. He completed two years of college before enlisting in the Air Corps on 23 March 1942. He trained in Texas as a...

  • Gordon Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230199 'Wicked WAAC. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alphonse Maresh

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 04 Apr 1943. He was the 43rd Officer to complete tour of 25 missions. Transferred to the 12th RCD on 05 Sept 1943. ...

  • John Ross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Maurice Steinhart

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Linden Voight

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4230199 'Wicked WAAC. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Reaford Watkins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4124417 'Dixie Demo. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

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
Ditched Cromer, UK 26 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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