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42-31558

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Kearney 14/12/43; Chicago 18/12/43; Syracuse 19/12/43; Presque Is 21/12/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-M] Thurleigh 21/1/44; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Gil VandermarliereWounded in Action, Co-pilot: Bill James, Navigator: Ray Uhrich, Bombardier: Sid Shertzerlanded in tree, thern on freeing himself fell and injured his back, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Vogt, Radio Operator: Willard Elliott, Ball turret gunner: Earl Wynn, Waist gunner: Jim Copeman, Waist gunner: Everett Minto,Tail gunner: Walt Lastinger (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KOd two engines, then radio lost followed by a third engine, crashed Horbach, near Althegnenberg, 11 miles SE of Augsburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4282.

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Copeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willard Elliott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William James

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Lastinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Minto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sidney Shertzer

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Andrew Tolmachoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Andrew Tolmachoff was the youngest of eleven children born to Russian immigrant parents. After graduating from high school he had aspirations to be a major league baseball pitcher but the bombing of Pearl Harbor ended that dream. After enlisting...

  • Raymond Uhrich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gil Vandermarliere

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • George Vogt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231558. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 284

    29 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. The first element is a combined force of 238 B-17s of 1st Air Division: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG; 401BG and 457BG are despatched to bomb the industrial areas of...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 21:15:00 wchoff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Wayne Tolmachoff

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4282 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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