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41-24501

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 41-24501 assigned 368BS/306BG [BO- ] Westover 28-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43, hit by flak, lost two engines, crashed near Le Croisic, France. 4KIA 6POW MACR 15627.

P 1Lt James M. Ferguson (POW); CP 2Lt John B Elliott (POW)
N 2Lt Donald R. Greene (KIA); B 1Lt Robert T. Levy (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Charles A. Edinger (POW); RO TSgt Richard G. Hackworth (POW)
BTG SSgt Robert Kingen (POW); WG SSgt James V Loving (POW)
WG SSgt Earl L. Kerbow (KIA); TG SSgt Rupert W. Arnold (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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Rupert Arnold

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action on 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24501 while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft had two engines shot out by flak over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but...

  • Charles Edinger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 3 January 1943 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24501 the aircraft had two engines shot out by flak over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea...

  • John Elliott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 3 January 1943 while serving as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24501 two engines were shot out over the target of the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot 1Lt Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but conditions worsened as another...

  • James Ferguson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On January 1943 in B-17F 41-24501 while serving as Pilot the aircraft has two engines shot out by flak over the target of the U-Boat pens as St. Nazaire, France. He flew the severely damaged aircraft out to sea but conditions worsened as another engine...

  • Donald Greene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24501 while serving as Navigator. Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. 2 engines were shot out by flak over the target. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but...

  • Richard Hackworth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 3 January 1943 while serving as Radio Operator in B-17F 41-24501 2 engines were shot out by flak over the target the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severly damaged plane out to sea but conditions worsened as...

  • Earl Kerbow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action on 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24501 while serving as Waist Gunner. The aircraft had 2 engines shot out over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but...

  • Robert Kingen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 3 January 1943 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner in B-17F 41-24501, 2 engines were shot out over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severly damaged plane out to sea but conditions worsened as...

  • Robert Levy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 Sept 1942 while serving as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • James Loving

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 3 January 1943 while serving as Waist Gunner in B-17F 41-24501 the aircraft had two engines shot out over the target, the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France. Pilot Ferguson flew the severely damaged plane out to sea but conditions worsened...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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) Le Croisic, France 3 January 1943

Both inboard engines were lost to flak damage over the target. Pilot headed out to sea over the point at Le Croisic, France but losing another engine he turned back towards the French coast. The navigator and bombardier baled out and came down in the sea and drowned. WG SSgt Kerbow was shot and killed by ground fire as he descended in his parachute. TG SSgt Arnold baled out but his chute failed to open.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 19:16:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Jan-2015. Marking added per "The Mighty Eighth Warpaint & Heraldry" Roger A. Freeman; made connections ro Squadron, Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 15627; edited description, converted dates to military-style signification; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of crew members per MACR 15627, formatted crew display.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15627 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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