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42-30603

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Gore 11/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-H] Thurleigh 8/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Virgil Jeffries, Co-pilot: Tom McGaillard, Navigator: Frank Ramsey, Bombardier: John Moon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Porter, Waist gunner: Bill Threatt (6 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Dick Mowrer, Ball turret gunner: Art Adrian, Waist gunner: Harry Owen,Tail gunner: Henry Steelsmith (4 Killed in Action); flak KO’d two engines, crashed Zonderland Farm, St Nicolaasga, Friesland, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1329. LAS VEGAS AVENGER.

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

  • Arthur Adrian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29666 'Dearly Beloved'. Plane ditched into North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30603 'Las Vegas Avenger', Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 OLC, DFC w/ 1 OLC, PH

  • Thomas Galliard

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Virgil Jeffries

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to Thomas Logan crew. Reported to 12 Apr 1943. ...

  • John Moon

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230603 'Las Vegas Avenger. ' POW at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. POW, AM 3OLC,

  • Richard Mowrer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to James Sylvester crew. Reported to the ETO on 08 Aug 1943. Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230603 'Las Vegas Avenger. ' KIA. AM OLC, PH

  • Harold Owen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to the ETO on 21 Oct 1943. Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30603 'Las Vegas Avenger', Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Porter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 42-30603 'Las Vegas Avenger. ' Prisoner of War. POW

  • Frank Ramsey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30603 'Las Vegas Avenger', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Steelsmith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to Wesley Courson crew. Reported to the ETO in June 1943. Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230603 'Las Vegas Avenger. ' KIA. AM, PH,

  • William Threatt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 42-30603 'Las Vegas Avenger', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 26 November 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1329 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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