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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 16/8/42; took off from Gander (Newfoundland) en route Thurleigh 5-Sep-42 exploded over Atlantic an hour out. (10 KIS) no trace, ditched off Greenland. Missing Air Crew Report 16344.

P 1Lt. John T. Leahy; CP 2Lt Robert R. Landry;
N 2Lt Andrew J. Hoyt; B 2Lt Frank L. Shannon;
E/TTG TSgt William Blakesley; RO Pvt James L. Wiley;
BTG SSgt Leslie R. Pettyjohn; WG SSgt Roland L. Oikle;
TG SSgt Charles H. Carlton; PASS 1Lt. Rush Poulan (423BS Eng-Off);

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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Blakesley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Charles Carlton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Andrew Hoyt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Robert Landry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • John Leahy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Roland Oikle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Leslie Pettyjohn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Rush Poulan

    Military | Captain | Engineering Officer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • Frank Shannon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

  • James Wiley

    Military | Private | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane exploded over N. Atlantic after takeoff from Gander en route to Prestwick, Scotland.

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 18:07:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Nov-2014. Format description.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 17:14:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-43. Minor edit to take off location, Gander is in Newfoundland not Argentina , error in Dave Osborne data.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 17:10:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description and unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-2014, Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16344; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne; 306th BG Web site http://www.306bg.org/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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