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42-29677

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Stephenville, Nfd, 12/4/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 20/4/43; Missing in Action Heligoland 15/5/43 with Alden Mann{Wounded in Action}, Co-pilot: Leo Kisamore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Myers, Radio Operator: Alf Schatz, Ball turret gunner: Woodrow Mosbarger, Waist gunner: Sherman Coleman,Tail gunner: John McElroy (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Larry Wolfe, Bombardier: Claude Toyek{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Reg Harris (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 16059. BATTLIN' B.

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

  • Sherman Coleman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Elroy

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

  • Reginald Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • Leo Kisamore

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). He died of a Flak burst between the pilot and copilot . ...

  • Alden Mann

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. He died on 22 May 1943 in the hospital at Schleswig after being shot down from severe burns. Earlier on May 1, 1943, he flew a mission to submarine pens at Coastal...

  • Woodrow Mosbarger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Charles Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Alfred Schatz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Claude Toyek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A Moosburg and moved to work camps with the last 48-11 near Munich. He felw on Alden Mann crew. POW, PH

  • Lawrence Wolfe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Wolfe was supposed to be on leave. Burned and with a parachute weakened by fire inside the plane, he somehow landed safely enough to be picked up by a German boat. He...

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 15 May 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16059 / MACR 16060 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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