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41-24471

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Ateliers D'Hellemmes at Lille, France. Aircraft was sliced in two and the crew members were trapped in the tumbling sections but the survivors were either thrown clear or managed to scramble out. Arial Gunner Sgt. Thomas D. McMahon managed to evade capture until 24-Apr-43 when he was captured in Brussels, Belgium. 3KIA 7POW MACR 15502.

P. Capt James A. Johnston (KIA); CP Capt Doyle L. Dugger (KIA)
N 1Lt Frank J. Jacknik (POW); B 1Lt Shedrick B. Jones (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Clyde M. Bennett; RO TSgt Robert L. Stevenson (POW)
AG Sgt Thomas D. McMahon (POW); WG SSgt Charles T. Tipton (KIA)
WG SSgt John P. Morrison (POW); TG Sgt Fred J. Zdobylak (POW)

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24498

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 23-Aug-42; Thurleigh 30-Oct42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Atclier D' Hellemmes at Lille, France. Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a...

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

  • Clyde Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member. On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target...

  • Doyle Dugger

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 27 Mar 1942. He graduated Pilot class 42-B at Brooks AAB, TX. ...

  • Frank Jacknik

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Navigator the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS which broke the aircraft in two just north of the target of Lille, France. He was either...

  • James Johnston

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the Group. ...

  • Shedrick Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to the James A. Johnston crew. Reported to group on 19 Jun 1942. ...

  • Thomas Mahon

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

  • Thomas McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on James Johnston crew. Reported to the ETO on 01 Jul 1942. ...

  • John Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Right Waist Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 42-14498306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He managed to...

  • Robert Stevenson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He was able to scramble...

  • Charles Tipton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Left Waist Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He was unable to get...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

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) Aérodrome de Lille - Marcq-en-Barœul, Av du général de Gaulle, 59910 Bondues, France 13 January 1943

Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498, 306BG/369BS near Lille, France. Both aircraft crashed at Marcq-en-Baroeul, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 11:28:18 ED-BB Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Associated with Aircraft 41-24498 it collided with

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 11:26:10 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Corrected typo

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 18:44:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2015. Added nickname, markings, FTR description and mission details to Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of cre per MACR 15502; formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15502 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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