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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; New Castle 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-D] Thurleigh 29/1/44; Missing in Action Aschersleben/Bernburg 22 February 1944 with Pilot William C. Quaintance; Co-pilot: Rudolph L. Jenson; Navigator: Arnold W. Ostrow; Bombardier: Henry I. Levy; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joseph F. Strukel; Radio Operator: Francis X. Driscoll; Ball turret gunner: Robert J. Might; Right Waist gunner: Maxwell W. Williams; Tail gunner: Richard C. Donohue (9 Killed in Action). Left Waist gunner: Alexander F. Markowski (Prisoner of War). Hit by enemy aircraft on return trip, crashed Kirchenhutte, eight miles SW of Siegen, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2652.

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

  • Richard Donohue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    A student at Baltimore’s Saint Paul’s, Richard Donohue proved to be an outstanding athlete, excelling as a quarterback in the school’s Crusaders football team. Dick enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1943 and started training at the USAAC Technical...

  • Francis Driscoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Francis Driscoll had a twin brother, William, an elder brother Gerald, 2 younger brothers, Arthur and Edwin, and a sister Constance. Francis attended 4 years of Mechanic Arts High School in Boston, Massachusetts and later held a job as a motion picture...

  • Rudolph Jenson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Rudolph Jenson graduated from the Walsh County School and attended Park River High School before entering the North Dakota State University, Class of 1940-41. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in April 1942, he took his basic training near Garden...

  • Henry Levy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Henry Levy was a graduate of Penn State College and of the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Leaving school to enlist in the Air Corps in April 1942, Henry finished training as a Bombardier at Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 1943 where he was...

  • Alexander Markowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer, Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Alexander Markowski enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942 and followed training in aerial gunnery and engineering. He graduated as a Sgt from the Wendover Aerial Gunnery and Fire Control School in 1943. He met fellow engineer Sgt Joseph Strukel at...

  • Robert Might

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Robert Might graduated from Fostoria High School and while there was an outstanding athlete, one of the few players chosen to captain both the football and basketball teams in his senior year. He attended Bowling Green State University for one year and...

  • Arnold Ostrow

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Born and raised in Paterson, Pennsylvania, Arnold Ostrow attended School No. 13 there, then the Eastside High School and had three years of college at Paterson State Teacher’s College. Employed in a Government office in Washington, he enlisted in the...

  • William Quaintance

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Bill Quaintance attended the Boulder High School where he was captain of the basketball and football teams. He studied at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and the University of Washington. He enlisted in the Air Corps in May 1942 and in...

  • Joseph Strukel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Born in Minnesota, Joseph Strukel moved with his family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he was five. He attended Boys Technical High School in Milwaukee where he took Machine Shop as his technical choice. Before his enlistment in the Air Corps in June...

  • Maxwell Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Maxwell Williams attended Hopeful High School in Hopeful, Decatur County, Georgia for 3 years before working as a bookkeeper at the Hand Trading Cy in nearby Pelham. Shortly after an automobile accident that killed his sweetheart, Maxwell enlisted in...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

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) near Kirchenhutte, Siegen, Germany 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 15:49:00 ED-BB Changes to media associations
Sources

Chose key image

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 14:59:49 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2652

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2652 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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