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42-31969

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/1/44; Billings 14/1/44; Savannah 24/1/44; Assigned 381BG Ridgewell 6/2/44; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-F] Thurleigh 22/2/44; Bombardier: F/O Dominic Giosso (KIA-pilot was Bill Tarr) 26/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Edwin Schlect, Co-pilot: Frank Hunt, Navigator: Edwin Gorder, Bombardier: Dick Ware, Radio Operator: Chas Pillen, Ball turret gunner: Stan Michalicki, Waist gunner: Chester Hinds, Waist gunner: John Wharton,Tail gunner: John Handenshield (9 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Davis (Prisoner of War); upset by propwash caused mid air coll with two other B-17s wreckage falling on each other, crashed Halenbeck, near Freyenstein, nine milesNW of Wittstock, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4553.

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,...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. 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. POW

  • Edwin Gorder

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Handenshield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Chester Hinds

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frank Hunt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Stanley Michalicki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Charles Pillen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Edwin Schlecht

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • 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...

  • Richard Ware

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Collided with another aircraft 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4231969. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 238

    28 February 1944
    A combined force of 258 B-17s are despatched from 1st and 3rd Air Divisions to bomb V-Weapon sites around the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. Mission Summary follows> ...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

Places

  • Ridgewell, England

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • 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 8 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 21:09:12 wchoff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Wayne Tolmachoff

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4553 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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