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42-30163

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Memphis 30/4/43; Presque Is 20/5/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-D] Thurleigh 23/5/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Wesley Peterson, Navigator: Don Phillips; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Utley, Ball turret gunner: Fred Huntzinger; Tail gunner: Doug Wright; Co-pilot: Maslanka,Wounded in Action; Bombardier: August Winters,Wounded in Action; Waist gunner: Bill Scott; Waist gunner: George Monser; Radio Operator: Bill Plaskett (escape but died in Pyrenees); 6 successfully evaded. Ran out of gas, abandoned to crash Sancourt, 25 miles E of Rouen, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 518.

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

  • Frederick Huntzinger

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30163. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 518.

  • Edward Maslanka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Copilot on 2nd Lt. Wesley D. Peterson crew. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. Lt. Maslanka and Lt. Winter (Bombardier) were both injured in bailing out of the bomb bay. Maslanka suffered a broken rib and Winter serious injuries to his left...

  • George Monser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. Evaded.

  • Wesley Peterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11). He completed 23 missions. He flew as copilot on John M. Regan and William...

  • Donald Phillips

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. POW at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11). POW

  • William Plasket

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. He bailed out over France and was picked up by the French Underground. Plasket and several others were taken from Paris to the Spanish border and Plasket died in trying to wakl through the Pyreenees...

  • William Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. Evaded.

  • William Utley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • August Winters

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Plane ran out of gas 6 September 1943 in B-17 #4230163. Evaded. ...

  • Douglas Wright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30163. Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he managed to evade successfully. Crossed the border between France and Spain, arrived in Gibraltar from where he was flown back to England on 9...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2018 13:54:12 ED-BB Changes to mission associations
Sources

MACR 518

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2017 05:29:17 ws2000 Changes to description
Sources

Thomas Winter, son August Winter, Bombardier. Information from communication with Conscript Heros regarding the escape of A Winters: (T/Sgt William B Plaskett died in the Pyrenees on the approach to Port du Rat on the Andorran border in October 1943)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 518 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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