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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 15/4/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 17/4/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Owen Luby, Co-pilot: Thad Powell, Navigator: Evan Clayton, Bombardier: Louis Wichmer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Alexander, Radio Operator: Rueben Van Sickle, Ball turret gunner: Tom Oakman, Waist gunner: Elmer Wenzel, Waist gunner: Bob Teegarden,Tail gunner: Ed Zabawa (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, ditched Channel off Brest Harbour, Fr Missing Air Crew Report 15715.

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

  • John Alexander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Evan Clayton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Owen Luby

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Killed in Action (KIA) Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Thomas Oakman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Thaddeus Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Robert Teegarden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Reuben Van Sickle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Elmer Wenzel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Louis Wichmer

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Edward Zabawa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). . Shot down 1 May 1943 in B-17 #4229620 on a mission to the uboat yards at St. Nazaire. Plane was shot down and fell into Brest Harbour. Earlier in April 1943, flying in Lt. Kenneth Reecher's plane, Zabawa was credited with one...

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • 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 1 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15715 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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