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42-30767

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/43; Gore 28/7/43; Cheyenne 4/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-Y] Thurleigh 21/9/43; crashed on take off for Kiel 5/1/44 with Capt Ian Elliott, Navigator: Harry Renfro, Bombardier: Bill Peterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony Waine, Radio Operator: John Petlewski, Ball turret gunner: George Johnson, Waist gunner: Dick Payne, Waist gunner: Jim Mitchell (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Tom Bridgmen,Tail gunner: Bill Winans (2 Returned to Duty); crash landed near base at Sharnbrook, Beds., UK; Salvaged.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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 Bridgeman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. Flew on Wesley Brinkley crew. He was injured in take-off crash, as part of Ian Elliott crew, on 5-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-30767 due to poor visibility. Completed approx 10 x missions...

  • Ian Elliott

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned 367BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17F 42-30767 crashed shortly after take off in poor visibility. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Hifler

    Military | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Dallas Jacobs

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Completed 25 missions. Returned to Europe in 1945 and commanded the 414th Wing and a Prayer Squadron with the 15th AAF in Italy where he led bombing missions until the German surrender. With the USAF he returned to duty in 1948 and flew F-82 Night...

  • George Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned 367BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17F 42-30767 crashed shortly after take off in poor visibility. 5-Jan-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Denver McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B17#42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew to...

  • James Merson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Meppen, GR on the return from a mission to Schweinfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-38074. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei...

  • James Mitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned 367BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17F 42-30767 crashed shortly after take off in poor visibility. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Richard Payne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned 367BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17F 42-30767 crashed shortly after take off in poor visibility. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Peterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned 367BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17F 42-30767 crashed shortly after take off in poor visibility. 5-Jan-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

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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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 27 July 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 27-Jul-43.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 21 September 1943

Assigned 367BS/306BG

Crashed Sharnbrook, UK 5 January 1944

Crashed on take off for Kiel 5-Jan-44; crash landed near base at Sharnbrook, Beds. 2 x RTD, 7 x KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2019 19:45:27 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

B-17 Groups of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman
http://www.306bg.us/history/Plane_histories/Scarlet%2042-5720%20v2prt.pdf

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2019 12:28:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

B-17 Groups of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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