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41-24469

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; on return from St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 landed RAF St Eval, Cornwall. Next day on t/o for Thurleigh, Bed. in poor weather crashed into the Celtic Sea near RAF St. Eval 7-Jan-43. 10KIS No MACR issued.

P 1Lt Robert E. Brandon (KIS); CP 1Lt Henry G. Murrel (KIS)
N 1Lt Lemuel B. Smith (KIS) B 2Lt James C. Murphy (KIS)
E/TTG SSgt Carlton F. Porter (KIS); RO SSgt Judson W. Elliott (KIS)
BTG SSgt Joseph S. Barnes (KIS) WG SSgt Jerrald M. Hopkins(KIS)
WG 1Lt James O. Jones, Jr. (KIS); TG SSgt Earl K. Owen (KIS)

NOTE: Bishop & Hey "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" say this loss was documented on MACR 16102, but that is an error. No MACR was located for this loss.

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Barnes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    KIA in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval, Cornwall...

  • Robert Brandon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Missing in Action (MIA) in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Pilot. Participated in mission on 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval,...

  • Judson Elliott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Missing in Action (MIA) in B17 41-24469 while serving as Radio Operator. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St....

  • Murrel Henry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Missing in Action (MIA) in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Co-Pilot. Participated in Mission on 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval,...

  • Jerrold Hopkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    KIA in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Waist Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval, Cornwall. ...

  • James Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    KIA in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Waist Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval, Cornwall. ...

  • James Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed on Mission (KOM) in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Bombardier. Participated on mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St....

  • Earl Owen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    KIA in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Tail Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval, Cornwall. ...

  • Carlton Porter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed on Mission (KOM) in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at...

  • Lemuel Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Missing in Action (MIA) in B17 41-24469 while serving as Navigator. Participated in mission on 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval...

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
Crashed Saint Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27, UK 7 January 1943

This aircraft participated in the raid on St. Nazaire on 3-Jan-43, but upon return to England, landed at St. Eval, Cornwall where it was weathered in until 7-Jan-43. The aircraft and crew were lost in the Celtic Sea near RAF St. Eval en-route to Thurleigh.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 22:12:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Changed crash location per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 21:41:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2014. Correction to MACR citation. NO MACR was located for this loss.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 21:44:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Jan-2015. Added block number & manufacturer per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A Freeman with David Osborne; made connections to Place and Aircraft within existing website data; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and dispositions per MACR 16103, formatted crew display

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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