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41-24489

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near Paris. 3KIA 7POW. No MACR issued.

P 1Lt Lewis R. McKesson (POW); CP 2Lt Quentin W. Burgett (POW)
N 1Lt Sidney Berk (KIA); B 1Lt Robert M. Freeman (KIA)
E/TTG Sgt Lucien Bedard (POW); RO Sgt Fletcher M. DeWolf (POW)
BTG Sgt Richard E. Cox (POW); WG Sgt Ludvik V. Dejnozka (POW)
WG Sgt Stanley J. Milik (KIA) TG TSgt Delmar L. Swyers (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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lucien Bedard

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Waist Gunner. Listed as Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sydney Berk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Navigator. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Quentin Burgett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Pilot.

  • Richard Cox

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Tail Gunner. Listed as Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Ludvik Dejnozka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Waist Gunner. Listed as Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Fletcher DeWolfe

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Waisr Gunner. Listed as Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Freeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lewis McKesson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11.

  • Stanley Milik

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Spaulding

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-244898 while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" just north of the target at Lille, France. He was killed in the collision. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

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-MIA Paris, France 20 December 1942

The exact details of the loss were not documented with a Missing Air Crew Report (MACR), but based on other aircraft losses on this mission, it is assumed that the loss was due to fighter attacks. The aircraft crashed near Paris, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 18:06:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Corrected rank of Swyers per NARA WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 17:36:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Edited description with target information and converted dates to military-style designation, added rank, full proper names and formatted crew information based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. SN and proper names from National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW records and American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) record.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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