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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-O] Thurleigh 10/2/44; Missing in Action German oil insts 13/9/44 with Clayton Nattier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald Bump, Radio Operator: Edwin Block, Ball turret gunner: Cecil Richardson, Waist gunner: Max Kimmel,Tail gunner: Dick Edwards (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Gerald Johnson, Navigator: Bernie Weinstein, Bombardier: Bill Gregory (3 Killed in Action); flak caused aircraft to explode, crashed Ammendorf, near Halle, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8829. DURATION PLUS.

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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edwin Block

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Ammendorf on 9/13/44 in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

  • Gerald Bump

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Lloyd Johns crew. Reported to ETO on 13 Apr 1944. ...

  • William Gregory

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 21 Jul 1944. He flew on Clayton Nattier crew. Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Ammendorf in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726

  • Gerald Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Ammendorf in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726

  • Richard Jr

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Max Kimmel

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Clayton Nattier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Ammendorf on 9/13/44 in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726. The flak burst that got his plane caused an immediate and intense fire in the cockpit area. By the he lef the cockpit he had received some dandy burns on face, neck...

  • Ben Peters

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He piloted 'Duration Plus' a B-17. He completed 25 missions from 24 Feb to 14 June 1944. AM, DFC,

  • Cecil Richardson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Bernard Weinstein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Ammendorf in B-17 Duration Plus #4231726

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2017 15:34:11 cpeterstx71 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Information added by Chris Peters, Grandson of Captain Ben Herman Peters.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2017 15:32:50 cpeterstx71 Changes to person associations and media associations
Sources

Image uploaded of B-17 "Duration Plus" by grandson of Captain Ben Herman Peters.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8829 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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