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42-29658

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 16/3/43; then 369BS; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Frank Watson, Co-pilot: Bob Kemp, Bombardier: Bob Hansen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Livington, Waist gunner: George Kormish (5 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Calvin Bjornsgaard, Radio Operator: Wilbur Giraud, Ball turret gunner: Reed Bottomley, Waist gunner: Art Sanders,Tail gunner: Larry Davis (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Stotel, eight miles S of Bremerhaven, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 15446.

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

  • Calvin Bjornsgaard

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

  • Reed Bottomley

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

  • Lawrence Davis

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

  • Wilbur Giraud

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

  • Robert Hansen

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Robert Kemp

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

  • Robert Kemp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229658. Prisoner of War (POW). Hit in the tail by flak after bombs away over target Bremen. Attacked by fighters, the a/c went into a slow roll and Watson and copilot Kemp fought to keep it upright as ME 109's attacked...

  • George Kormish

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

  • Roy Livington

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

  • Arthur Sanders

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

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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 15446 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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