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41-24472

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24472 was assigned 369BS/306BG Westover 19-August-1942; Thurleigh 2-October-1942. The aircraft was shot down 8-Nov-42 by enemy fighters and AA fire while on a mission to bomb the Actlier d' Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. The aircraft crashed near the target. 5KIA 3POW 1POW-DIC 1EVD MACR 16133.

P Capt Richard D Adams (EVD); CP 2Lt Carl W. Cook (POW)
N 2Lt Julius C. Landrum (POW); B 2Lt John A. Latchford (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Peter Greyno (KIA); RO SSgt Jim T. McCloy (POW-DIC)
BTG SSgt John S. Saunders (KIA); WG SSgt Anthony J. Lacek (KIA)
WG SSgt Frank M. Zeck (KIA); TG SSgt Ford L. Winchell, Jr. (POW)

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,...

People

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17F-10-BO 41-24472 while serving as Pilot. Evaded. He reported to the American Consulate Gibraltar 21 April 1943 and returned to England on 23-Apr-43.

  • Carl Cook

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Peter Greyno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Anthony Lacek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Julius Landrum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8-November-1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Navigator. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Latchford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1.

  • Jim McCloy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Radio Operator. He was captured by Germans and taken to the Army hospital in Lille where he died latter in the day. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Saunders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. POW but Died in Captivity (DIC) at the German Army Hospital at Lille, France.

  • Ford Winchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Zeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as a Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Remains were not recovered from the crash site.

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) Lille, France 8 November 1942

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 22:14:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014. Deleted duplicate entries, combined all data, formatted crew data all per MACR 16133.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16133 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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