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41-24486

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24486 'Man O' War' assigned 306BG/367BS Westover 17-August-42; Thurleigh 13-October-1942; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. 9-Nov-1942. Hit by flak KO’d #2, with two others damaged, crashed into the harbour at St. Nazaire, France. 11KIA MACR 16172.

P 2Lt James M Stewart (KIA) CP 2Lt William W Dickey, Jr. (KIA)
N Joseph A. Creed (KIA), B 2Lt John A. Creamer (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Charles J. Meriwether, Jr. (KIA); RO TSgt Thomas A. McMillan
BTG SSgt Raymond C. Schmoyer (KIA); WG Sgt George R. Rumph (KIA)
WG SSgt Jack M. Wheeler(KIA); TG Sgt Martin M. Barthe (KIA)
G/OBS Cpl Hugh L. Langan (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,...

People

  • Martin Barthe

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Tail Gunner. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Creamer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Bombardier. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Creed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War.' while serving as Navigator. Plane crashed in to Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Dickey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Co-Pilot. Plane crashed in to Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hugh Langan

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as an Observer/Gunner. He may have been assigned to the cheek gun. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Was listed as observer on this...

  • Thomas McMillan

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Radio Operator Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Meriwether

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Rumph

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Waist Gunner. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Schmoyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Stewart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft B-17 41-24486 sustained damage from AA fire on mission to St. Nazaire, France 9-Nov-42 and crashed into the sea on return. 2Lt Stewart was the pilot. His remains were lost at sea.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2014 21:11:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Nov-2014. Made place and Mission connections per MACR 16172.

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 21:56:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014. Made corrections to Description and formatted crew entries per MACR 16172.

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

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

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