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42-30586

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/6/43; Gr Isle 16/7/43; Kearney 20/7/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-A] Thurleigh 8/8/43; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Bob MacDowell (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Fred Puckett Wounded in Action; Navigator: Bob SchmeilauWounded in Action, Bombardier: Larry ChristoforiWounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Frye, Radio Operator: Jim Prout, Ball turret gunner: Bill Murdock, Waist gunner: Larry Wagoner, Waist gunner: Bob Emery,Tail gunner: John Hazy (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit #3 & #4, crashed Hainhausen, 16 miles NE of Munich, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4239.

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

  • Lawrence Christofori

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW). Completed 7 missions. He was on Robert E. MacDowell crew. POW

  • Robert Emery

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Frye

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hazy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B until 3 May 1945. AM/ POW

  • Robert MacDowel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Murdock

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Prout

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Puckett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft III PH

  • Robert Schmielau

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11. He was shot down on his 6th mission. Flew on Robert McDowell crew. He joined the group in January 1944. POW

  • Lawrence Wagoner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4230586. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW, PH, EAME 4Bronze Stars, AM, GC,

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) Germany 24 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4239 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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