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42-29806

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-T] Thurleigh 19/5/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 21/5/43 with Floyd Field, Navigator: Dick Clausen, Radio Operator: Phil Zimmerman, Ball turret gunner: Morriece Moody{body recovered from sea 8/7/43}, Waist gunner: Gus Retkofsky{body recovered from sea 16/8/43} (5KIA-drowned); Co-pilot: Erwin Efird, Bombardier: Harry Young{Wounded in Action}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Goodwin{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Harry Cromer{Wounded in Action},Tail gunner: Fortunato Gelfo{Wounded in Action} (5 Prisoner of War); all rescued by German seaplane and flown to hospital in Heligoland; flak KO’d two engines, ditched North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 16018.

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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Clausen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Harry Cromer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Irwin Efird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down on his 5th mission. He was in Stalag Luft III. From a letter he wrote to his parents in 1943: 'We were shot down up over the North Sea and had to...

  • Floyd Field

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Fortunato Gelfo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). He and the only other 4 surviving members were picked up by a German Sea Rescue Plane and taken to a place where the German soldiers wree sent to recuperate,...

  • Roy Goodwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Morriece Moody

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • August Retcofsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Young

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea and was picked up 9 hrs later by German Air Sea Rescue. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III. He completed 5 missions. He flew on Floyd Field crew. POW

  • Philip Zimmerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 21 May 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16018 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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