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41-24488

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-F] Westover 30/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; (tran 367BS [GY-F]); Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Bill Casey, Co-pilot: Ed O’Brien, Navigator: Bill Owens, Bombardier: Jim McCracken, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wilson Elliott (5 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Lewis Ayscue, Ball turret gunner: Joe Borzym, Waist gunner: Morris Gecowets, Waist gunner: Frank Stetler,Tail gunner: Chas Raidline (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d three engines, crashed dyke near Greetsiel, Ger.; Missing Air Crew Report 15445. BANSHEE II.

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

  • Lewis Ayscue

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). 17 April 1943 was the leading a/c of the 367th low squadron on a mission to Bremen in B-17 41-24488 'Banshee II. '. Fighters attacked the plane. Left with one engine they headed back toward land. Another fighter raked the plane...

  • Joseph Borzym

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 30 Dec 1942. He was transferred to the 367th BS on 12 Mar 1943. ...

  • William Casey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original member of the group. He was transferred to the 367th BS on 12 Mar 1943. ...

  • James Cracken

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

  • Wilson Elliott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on William Casey. Reported to group on 03 Apr 1942. He transferred to the 367th BS on 12 Mar 1943. ...

  • Morris Gecowets

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the group. He transferred to the 367th BS on 12 Mar 1943. ...

  • Edward O'Brien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group in February 1943. Completed approx. 4 missions. ...

  • William Owens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on William J. Casey crew. Reported to group on 17 Jan 1943. He was transferred to the 367th BS on 07 Apr 1943. ...

  • William Owens

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

  • Charles Raidline

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the group. Transferred to the 367th BS on 12 Mar 1943. ...

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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) Germany 17 April 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15445 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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