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41-24478

B-17 Flying Fortress

B17F 41-24478 assigned 369BS/306BG Westover 19-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Nov-42 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Flak and German fighters KO’d engines #1 & #2 and 10ft off end of left wing. Crashed near Piriac, France. 8KIA 2POW MACR 15392

P 1Lt. Clay E. Isbell (KIA); CP 2Lt Dyer Fulton (KIA)
N 1Lt Peter J. Fryer (POW); B 2Lt Abraham L. Burden (POW)
E/TTG TSgt Erwin Grenke (KIA); RO Sgt Robert S. Kryak (KIA)
BTG SSgt Edward Kostecki (KIA); WG SSgt Ray E. Buckmaster (KIA)
WG Sgt David W Lindsey (KIA); TG SSgt George L. Houx (KIA)

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ray Buckminster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23-November-1942 in B-17F 41-24478 while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Abraham Burden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW). AM POW

  • Peter Fryer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 on 5th mission over St. Nazaire, France, while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was attacked by FW 190's and took direct hits on the left engines. He bailed out just north of St. Nazaire. He was captured...

  • Dyer Fulton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Erwin Grenke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Houx

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Tail Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clay Isbell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Kostecki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Krijak

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David Lindsey

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 23 November 1942 in B-17 41-24478 while serving as Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

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) Piriac-sur-Mer, France 23 November 1942

10 foot section of left wing shot away by German aircraft. Crashed near Piriac, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 23:15:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Dec-2014. Edited description with military-style dates, mission objective and loss details per MACR 15392.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2014 18:33:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Nov-2014. Complete names added from Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 15392.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15392 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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