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41-24509

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-August-1942, B-17F 41-24509, 'Miss Swoose' was damaged by AA fire between the Initial Point (IP) and the target which resulted in a fire on #3 engine during mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France on 9-Nov-42. Aircraft managed to drop its bomb load but had to be abandoned and crashed into the sea near the target. 6KIA 4POW MACR 16010.

P 1Lt John R. Barnett (POW); CP: 2Lt Lowell E. Kinney (KIA)
N 2Lt. Thomas D. Hall (KIA); B 2Lt Norman R. Nelson (KIA)
E/TTG Sgt Frederick Mannello (POW); RO TSgt Francis M. Counselman (POW)
BTG SSgt Walter Crawford (POW); WG SSgt Charles R. Wilson (KIA)
WG SSgt Bernard P. Papeika (KIA); TG SSgt Jack M. Madison (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

  • John Barnett

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group in June 1942. On 9-October-1942 his aircraft sustained major a/c damage on landing upon returning from a mission to Lille, France. ...

  • Francis Counselman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft shot down by AA fire and crashed into the sea near the target St. Nazaire, France . Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Walter Crawford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on John Barnett crew. He was considered one of the original crew members of the group. ...

  • Thomas Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    2nd Lieutenant Thomas D. Hall was born March 23, 1920, and was the son of Edwin and Agnes Hall. His hometown was Long Beach, California. ...

  • Lowell Kinney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was shot down by AA fire and crashed into the sea near the target. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Madison

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by AA fire and crashed into the sea near the target, St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frederick Mannello

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on John Barnett crew. He was considered one of the original crew members of the group. ...

  • Norman Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on John Barnett crew. He was considered an original crew member of the group. Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft crashed into the sea near the target. KIA

  • Bernard Papeika

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft shot down by AA fire and crashed into the sea near the target, St. Nazaire, France. KIA.

  • Charles Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    27 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24508 while flying in a 2 ship low level formation mission, ac hit trees. Lieutenant. Check was able to make a safe landing and all returned to action. ...

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) Saint-Nazaire, France 9 November 1942

Shot down by AA fire, abandoned and crashed into the sea near St. Nazaire, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 18:25:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Nov-2014. Deleted DUPLICATE entry, combined data and formatted description.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16010 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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