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41-24510

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; to Thurleigh 27-Sep-42; Missing in Action Lille 9-Oct-42 shot down by hptm Priller (III/JG26), crashed railway line Tournai, near Nechin (Menen), Belgium; (first aircraft loss of group) MACR 6706. SNOOZY II. 6KIA 1POW 2EVD.

P Capt John W. Olsen (KIA); CP 2Lt Joseph N. Gates (KIA);
N 2Lt William J. Gise (EVD); B 2Lt Albert W. LaChasse (POW);
E/TTG TSgt Erwin Wissenback (EVD); RO TSgt Thomas W. Dynan (KIA),
BTG SSgt Bruce Nicholson (KIA), WG SSgt Truman C. Wilder (KIA)
TG SSgt Bert E. Kaylor (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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Dynan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to B-17F 41-24510, "Snoozy II", 306BG/367BS as Radio Operator. KIA 9-Oct-42 during a mission to bomb aircraft plants at Lille, France. Aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and crashed near Nechin, Belgium. ...

  • Joseph Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-24510 'Snoozy II ' while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olson and copilot Gates. Assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. 2 crew...

  • William Gise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of group. He flew on John Olsen crew. He was shot down on the 1st mission flown by the 306th. Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-24510 'Snoozy II ' while serving as Navigator. Evaded. Plane attacked by fighters which...

  • Bert Kaylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-24510 'Snoozy II' while serving as Tail Gunner. Attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Cox. Assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. 2 crew members evaded and 1...

  • Albert LaChasse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down on 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24510 'Snoozy II' while serving as Bombardier.Prisoner of War (POW). Attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Cox, assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. 2 crew...

  • Bruce Nicholson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-24510 'Snoozy II' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Cox. Assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium....

  • John Olsen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to B-17F 41-24510 "Snoozy II" 306BG/367BS as the Pilot. KIA 9-Oct-42 while on a mission to bomb the aircraft plants at Lille, France. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters and he and his co-pilot, 2Lt Joseph N Gates were killed...

  • Truman Wilder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to B-17F 41-24510, 'Snoozy II' 306BG/419BS as a Waist Gunner; KIA 9-Oct-42 while on a mission to bomb the aircraft plants at Lille, France. The aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters and crashed near Nechin, Belgium.

  • Erwin Wissenback

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-24510 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Evaded to Spain. Aircraft attacked by fighters which killed pilot Olsen and copilot Gates. Assigned target Lille I/A, France. Plane crashed near Nechin, Belgium. His...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

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) Néchin, 7730 Estaimpuis, Belgium 9 October 1942

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2016 13:47:25 CeesSteijger Changes to description
Sources

Dates incorrect.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 23:49:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to person associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Crew Associations.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 23:27:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Unit, place and mission association

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 22:12:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Nov-2014. Removed all connections.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 18:25:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12Nov-2014. Format description.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 17:31:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 6706. Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 17:23:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 6706. Connections within web site data.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6706 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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