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42-29643

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Salina 6/2/43; Duncan 19/2/43; Homestead 28/2/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 13/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Bob Miller, Co-pilot: John Teare, Navigator: Jack Shaaber, Bombardier: Jim Shelley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Small, Radio Operator: Joe Spiro, Ball turret gunner: Bill Phillips, Waist gunner: Jesse Wade, Waist gunner: Edwin Truscott,Tail gunner: Milton Williams (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 & flak, crashed Visbek, SW of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15523.

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

  • Robert Miller

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire, Pilot Miller ordered a...

  • William Phillips

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire,...

  • Jack Shaaber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • James Shelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Edward Small

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Joseph Spiro

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire,...

  • John Teare

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Edwin Truscott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire,...

  • Jesse Wade

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire,...

  • Milton Williams

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229643. Crashed near Visbek SW of the target Bremen, Germany when a/c was damaged on the bomb run. Unable to stay with the squadron on the turn, fighters moved in, with the #2 engine on fire, Pilot Miller ordered a...

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 17 April 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15523 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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