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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

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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