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42-29779

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Romulus 10/4/43; Wayne Co 13/4/43; Presque Is 27/4/43; Assigned 19FS/3FG at Meeks Fd, Iceland, o/s runway with P.H. Best 30/4/43;

Repaired 1/5/43, New York PE 20/5/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-A] Thurleigh 4/6/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/7/43 with Jack Harris, Radio Operator: Jim Connally, Ball turret gunner: Bill Isaacson, Waist gunner: Ralph Burgio, Waist gunner: Larry Sullivan, Tail gunner: Frank Bradley (6 Killed in Action);

Co-pilot: Russ Maxwell, Navigator: Ken Fultz, Bombardier: Bill Neary, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Irwin Aaesby (4 Prisoner of War);

Flak, crashed near Wolften, eight miles E of Osnabruck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 124. BAB'S BEST.

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

  • Irwin Aaseby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Irwin Aaseby served as a gunner with the 306th Bomb Group from Thurleigh. He was shot down on 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29779 'Bab's Best', bailed out and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was held at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf, near Krems,...

  • Frank Bradley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Burgio

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Connally

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Fultz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW; AM w/2Oak Leaf Cluster; AF Longevity Service Award w/4 bronze Oak Leaf Cluster;

  • Jack Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Isaacson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Maxwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Neary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Sullivan

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4229779 'Bab's Best. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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 Osnabrück, Germany 28 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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