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41-24491

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15 August 194. Based at Thurleigh 13 October 1942. Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France 9 November 1942. 6KIA 3POW 1EVD. MACR 6012.
P 1Lt Loyal M. Felts (KIA); CP 2Lt Robert J. Jones (POW)
N 2Lt Forrest D. Hartin (EVD); B 2Lt Andrew L. Graham, Jr. (POW)
E/TTG Sgt Richard L. Beers (KIA); RO TSgt John A. Wescott (KIA)
BTG SSgt Charles E. Vonderlieth (KIA); WG Sgt Elden L. Wright (KIA); WG Sgt Doane Hage, Jr. (POW); TG Sgt George P. Bogumill (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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Beers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Bogumill

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Tail Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Loyal Felts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Pilot. Plane crashed 5 miles north of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Andrew Graham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original member of group. He flew on Loyal Felts crew. Completed 4 missions, 1942: 9 October, 7 November, 8 November, 9 November. Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 near St. Nazaire, France while serving as Bombardier. Plane crashed 5...

  • Doane Hage

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the group on 19 Jun 1942. He flew on Loyal M. Felts crew. He was armorer under Lt. Knight in England, then volunteered for gunner slot that became vacant. Completed 4 missions. ...

  • Forrest Hartin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft B-17 41-24491 was shot down 9 November 1942 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Serving as a Navigator on board, 2Lt Forrest Hartin baled out of the stricken aircraft and landed about 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire,...

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft 41-24491 was shot down on a mission to St. Nazaire, France, 9-Nov-42 with 2Lt Jones serving as Co-Pilot. 2Lt. Jones managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was captured. (POW)

  • Charles Vonderlieth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-1741-24491 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Westcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Radio Operator. Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elden Wright

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Waist Gunner. Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Ranlieu / Saint-André-des-Eaux, France 9 November 1942

Shot down by anti-aircraft fire, crashed in Ranlieu, 1km East of Saint-André-des-Eaux, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 14:23:50 ED-BB Changes to markings, description and events
Sources

MACR 6012
Research for evader Navigator Forret D. Hartin's page at www.evasioncomete.org

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 21:17:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Nov 2014. Corrected typo in crew name.

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 21:15:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Nov-2014. Deleted duplicate aircraft entry, combined data; edited and formatted crew information; added place and mission connections; edited FTR entry: MACR 6012.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6012 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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