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41-24498

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 23-Aug-42; Thurleigh 30-Oct42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Atclier D' Hellemmes at Lille, France. Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the target. 6KIA 4POW MACR 15634.

P 1Lt Jack A. Spaulding (KIA); CP Russell G. Kahl (POW)
N 2LT Wallace B. Kirkpatrick (POW); B 2Lt Gordon R. Grant (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Thomas H. Gilliland (KIA) RO SSgt Edward A. Nork (POW)
BTG SSgt Dale A. Davis (KIA); LWG Sgt Earl Santos (POW)
RWG TSgt, Leon Williams (KIA); TG SSgt Louis R. Morgan (KIA)

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24471 Four of a Kind

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Ateliers D'Hellemmes at Lille, France. Aircraft was sliced in two and the crew members were trapped in the...

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Neil Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Air Gunner, Togglier/Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230832. Prisoner of War (POW). He was a Prisoner of War (POW) from 26 Nov. 1943 to 04 May 1945. He was at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW) no. 100388. POW

  • Dale Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the intended target at Lille, France. He was unable to escape the doomed...

  • Thomas Gilliland

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the intended target at Lille, France. He was killed in the...

  • Gordon Grant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Bombardier the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the target at Lille, France. He was killed in the collision. Killed in Action ...

  • Russell Kahl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Pilot the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 42-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the target at Lille, France. He parachuted to safety and was captured. Prisoner of War...

  • Wallace Kirkpatrick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Navigator the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the target at Lille, France. He was able to parachute to safety and was captured....

  • Louis Morgan

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the intended target at Lille, France. He was unable to bale out of the doomed...

  • Edward Nork

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13-Jan-43 in B-17F 41-24498 while serving as Radio Operator 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 parachuted to safety and was captured. Prisoner of War (POW) ...

  • Earl Santos

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24498 the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-244471 "Four of a Kind" 306BG/369BS just north of the target of Lille, France. He parachuted to safety and was captured. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • 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 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

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) Marcq-en-Barœul, France 13 January 1943

Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a Kind" near Lille, France. Both aircraft crashed at Marcq-en-Baroeul, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 19:13:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2015. Made connections with Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR description per "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added target information to Description per "USAAF Combat Chronology" Jack McKillop; added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15634; formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15634 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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