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41-24495

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O' Day' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec- 42 while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Creil, France. 1KIA 8POW 1EVD. No MACR issued.

P 1Lt John R. McKee (EVD), CP 2LT Leonard E. Hamaker (POW)
N 1Lt Thomas S. Marchant (POW) B 2Lt George L. Matthews (POW)
E/TTG Sgt Stanley C. Garner (POW) RO Sgt Francis J. Hess (POW)
BTG Carl H. Warheit (KIA). WG Sgt Helmuth Roeder (POW)
WG Sgt Darwin H. Wissenback (POW); TG Sgt Walter L. Wynn (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

  • Stanley Garner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on mission to Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Fighters were coming straight in at the nose of our plane, at that time we didn't have 50 cal. Guns so we...

  • Leonard Hamaker Jr.

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Officially recognized by German Gov't as American POW #99. Interned at Dulag Luft, Oflag 23b, Stalag Luft 3, and Stalag 7b. Cartoonist, sent POW...

  • Francis Hess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Radio Operator. Prisoner of War (POW). Flew on 1st Lt. John R. McKee crew. POW

  • Thomas Marchant

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Navigator. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Mathews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John McKee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the group on 23 Jun 1942. He was shot down on his 4th mission. Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Pilot. Evaded and returned to London on 27 Jan 1943. He returned to the 8th AF as Group Operations...

  • Helmuth Roeder

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Completed 7 missions. He flew on John McKee crew. AM, PH,

  • Carl Warheit

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). 17 years of age at death. ...

  • Darwin Wissenback

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as a Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. He flew on James Stewart crew, but was shot down with Lt. McKee. He was shot...

  • Walter Wynn

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 Creil, France 20 December 1942

Aircraft was abandoned with little damage and crashed near Creil, France. However the BTG was killed in the attack.

Shot down by EAC and Flak on raid to airfields at Rommily-sur-Seine on December 20, 1942 (8th AAF Mission 26). Pilot J.R. Mckee evade and returned to England via Spain. Co-pilot L.E. Hamaker Jr. and 6 other crew members parachuted safely from the ACand were taken POW near Creil, France. Ball turret gunner, Sgt K. Warheit KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 10:53:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate record to include information from:
- Hamaker Family photographs and records;
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Date Contributor Update
17 July 2015 22:29:59 tlhamaker Changes to media associations
Sources

Hamaker family records

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 21:18:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Corrected spelling of Wynn.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 20:14:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2104. Added MFG and block number per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman & Dave Osborne; Added target information, converted dates to military-style designation, added rank, proper names, and formatted crew information in description and added RTD event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John & Hey MBE; corrected disposition of Pilot from POW to EVD per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape and Evasion Report #10: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-10.pdf
Made Place and Mission connections within existing website data.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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