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42-31056

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 30/9/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-U] Thurleigh 19/10/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 3/2/44 with Rich Wong, Co-pilot: Walt McBroom, Navigator: John Rogers, Bombardier: Curtis Dunlap, Radio Operator: George Collins, Ball turret gunner: Charles Whetstone, Waist gunner: Armand Cournoyer (7 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Walker originally escaped but shot by guard after surrender 29/4/44, Waist gunner: Bob Sykes,Tail gunner: Walt Kels (3 Killed in Action); flak KO’d #2, #4 ran away, #3 blew a cylinder,, crashed on sandbank near Ruteplate, between Benserseil & Langeoog Is, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2494.

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Collins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Dick Wong crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Armand Cournoyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Dick Wong crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Curtis Dunlap

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Reported to the ETO on 8-Aug-43. Flew on Sharkey crew. Crash landed in B-17 42-5889 'Liberty Belle' on return from mission to Poland 10-Aug-43. 10 x RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17...

  • Walter Kells

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2494 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Walter McBroom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 ...

  • John Rodgers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Sykes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Dick Wong crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2494 Awards: AM, PH.

  • George Walker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Dick Wong crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 ...

  • Charles Whetstone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Charles L Whetstone was from Arkansas. Following high school he made his way to the big city of Shreveport with 50 cents in his pocket. He met his bride, Rosalie, and were married before he was shipped off to the war. His group flew out of Thurleigh,...

  • Richard Wong

    Military | Major | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wilhelmshaven mission 3-Feb-44 in B-17 42-31056; crew baled out due to runaway engine. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2494 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

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 15 September 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 15-Sep-43.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 19 October 1943

Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Thurleigh, UK 17 November 1943

Belly Landing Thurleigh 17-Nov-43.

Crashed Ruteplate, Germany 3 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) to Wilhelmshafen 3-Feb-44 with Wong crew. 8* x POW, 2 x KIA. MACR 2494
* 1 x Killed in captivity, escaping.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 18:48:46 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and description
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28606406
https://www.fold3.com/image/28606488

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2020 23:10:22 cwhetstone54 Changes to description
Sources

Chuck L Whetstone
Corrected spelling for Charles Whetstone

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 18:47:17 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28606406
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31056/
B-17 Groups of the Eighth Air Force By Martin W. Bowman

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2494 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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