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42-29959

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/3/43; Gore 20/3/43; New Castle 13/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; en route UK was involved in landing accident with Bob Baker at Langford Lodge, N. Ireland; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-M] Thurleigh 23/5/43; then 423BS; Missing in Action Bremen 8/10/43 with Larry Kooima, Co-pilot: Frank Crawford, Navigator: Don Berkey, Bombardier: Chas Cressey, Ball turret gunner: Stan Couvillion, Waist gunner: Alvis Tinsley (6 Killed in Action), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Virgil Struckhoff, Radio Operator: Cecil Brooks, Waist gunner: Fred Hutchinson,Tail gunner: Bob Westonwho landed in Bremen street! (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Fischerhude, six miles E of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 867.

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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Berkey

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

  • Cecil Brooks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Stanley Couvillion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Frank Crawford

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

  • Charles Cressy

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

  • Frederick Hutchison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Lawrence Kooima

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-29959. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 28 July flew Kassel raid. Lost control cables by flak damage. Crash landed returning crew with 4 crew members wounded.

  • Virgil Struckhoff

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Alvis Tinsley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Robert Weston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

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 8 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 13:57:55 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 867 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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