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41-24467

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Ogden 21/7/42; force landed Hill Fd, Ut 19/8/42 with Ralph Dissaro; damaged at Cheyenne airport with Warren Dean 7/9/42 when brakes failed and it struck a passenger DC-3 owned by Utd Air Lines, rep; Assigned 422BS/305BG Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; Chelveston 6/12/42; transferred 368BS/306BG Thurleigh 20/1/43; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Glen Lally, Co-pilot: Ben Hopkins, Navigator: Frank Ross, togg-Jim Curry, Radio Operator: Gene Lanning, Ball turret gunner: Alvin Johnson, Waist gunner: Leo Gallegos,Tail gunner: Bob McCeage (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Downard, Waist gunner: Leno Off {chute failure} (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft caused severe fire & damage, crashed Aurich, near Wilhelmshaven, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15525. THE GRIM REAPER.

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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Curry

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

  • Jesse Downard

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

  • Leo Gallegos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    17 April 1943 on a mission to Bremen when ac # B17 41-24467 'The Grim Reaper' was damaged by flak before reaching the target. After dropping bombs, 5 fighters attacked the plane. With the plane on fire, Pilot Lally ordered a bail out and the crew made...

  • Ben Hopkins

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124467 'Grim Reaper. ' Strong 's account on p. 89 mentions Hopkins as a 2 week war veteran. and the pilot's effort to save the plane. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 POW

  • Alvin Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). 17 April 1943 on a mission to Bremen , ac # B17 41-24467 'The Grim Reaper' was damaged by flak before reaching the target. After dropping bombs, 5 fighters attacked the plane. With the plane on fire, Lally's ordered a bail out...

  • Frank Jr

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

  • Robert Keage

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

  • Eugene Lanning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). 17 April 1943 on a mission to Bremen when ac # B17 41-24467 'The Grim Reaper' was damaged by flak before reaching the target. After dropping bombs, 5 fighters attacked the plane. With the plane on fire, Pilot Lally ordered a bail...

  • Glenn Lolly

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4124467 'Grim Reaper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leno Off

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA)17 April 1943 on a mission to Bremen , ac # B17 41-24467 'The Grim Reaper' was damaged by flak before reaching the target. After dropping bombs, 5 fighters attacked the plane. With the plane on fire, Pilot Lally ordered a bail out...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 April 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15525 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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