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42-29993

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 19/4/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Don Tattershall, Co-pilot: Bill Grisham, Navigator: Jim Crabtree, Bombardier: John Whittle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leroy Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Carmel Melita, Waist gunner: Elmer Sweitzer, Waist gunner: Bob Hogg,Tail gunner: Bill Dodson (9 Killed in Action), Radio Operator: Jim Hobbs (Prisoner of War); flak knocked off tailplane, crashed De Wetering, near Colmschate, Diepenveen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1935.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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

  • Carroll Briscoe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. He was the 35th Officer to complete 25 missions. Reported on 05 Feb 1945 with the 2AF weather scouts. Retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 1972. ...

  • James Crabtree

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • William Dodson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Grisham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Robert Hegg

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Hobbs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • LeRoy Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carmel Melita

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Elmer Sweitzer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Tattershall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-29993. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 24 March 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 24-Mar-43.

Assigned Thurleigh, Bedford MK44, UK 19 April 1943

Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 7429 Colmschate, Netherlands 11 January 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Oschersleben flak knocked off tailplane, crashed De Wetering, near Colmschate, Diepenveen, Holland. 9 x KIA, 1 x POW. MACR 1935.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2017 19:02:19 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28702714

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1935 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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