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42-31038

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 10/9/43; Scott 9/10/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-N] Thurleigh 19/10/43; targeted Bremen 13/11/43, mission was recalled, but ship went into spin while in a thunderhead, with Clyde Cosper (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Wes Brinkley, Navigator: Allen Ballard, Bombardier: Don Dickson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Vondrachek, Radio Operator: Ken Iviemy, Ball turret gunner: Stan Downs, Waist gunner: Lloyd Meyer, Waist gunner: Harry Twing,Tail gunner: Denver McGinnis (9RTD-all bailed safely); crash landed Longwick, near Princes Risborough, Bucks., UK and exploded, killing pilot,. 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

  • Allen Ballard

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Wesley Brinkley crew until Brinkley's death in Dec 1943. Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. He completed approx. 20 missions. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned. AM 3OLC,

  • Wesley Brinkley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 5 x missions from 03 Nov to 13 Dec 1943. Shot down 13 December 1943 in B-17 42-39768. Alive when recovered from sea, died from exposure. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Clyde Cosper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 11 Sept 1943. Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 7 missions from 08 Oct to 05 Nov 1943. On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen on 13 Nov 1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B-17 42-31038 was hit with severe...

  • Donald Dickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Wesley Brinkley crew. Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. Completed approx. 5 missions from 03 Nov to 13 Dec 1943. ...

  • Stanley Downs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret 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...

  • Kenneth Iviemy

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B-17 #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...

  • 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...

  • Lloyd Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist 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...

  • Harold Twing

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist 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...

  • Charles Vondrachek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He completed 25 missions from 01 May 1943 to 04 January 1944. He was 141st EM to complete tour. Reported to the ETO on 15 Apr 1943. He was assigned to Alden Mann crew. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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 Dallas AAF, TX 10 September 1943

Delivered Dallas AAF 10-Sep-43.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 19 October 1943

Assigned 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Longwick, UK 13 November 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Bremen 13-Nov-43; Mission recalled, but A/C went into spin while in a thunderhead, losing several thousand feet of altitude. Crash landed Longwick, near Princes Risborough, Bucks., and exploded 1 x KIA. MACR

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 22:29:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31038/
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=97798
https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/46400

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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