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42-32113

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Grenier 23/2/44; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-G] Thurleigh 12/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bob Ehrler, Co-pilot: Alden Maynes, Navigator: John James, Bombardier: Burton Gustafson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Pratt (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Ben Ferns, Ball turret gunner: Gaetano Abbattiello, Waist gunner: Chester Predko,Tail gunner: John Hay (4 Killed in Action); flak hit severed tail, crashed Perleberger-Brucke, Berlin; Missing Air Crew Report 4952.

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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gaetano Abbattiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Ehrler

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ben Ferns

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 42-32113. Killed in Action (KIA). Flew on Robert Ehrler crew. Thirty seconds after bombs away a direct flak hit severed the tail and elecators. A/C went up into a steep stall, stood on its back and then went almost...

  • Burton Gustafson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to ETO on 02 Apr 1944. Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. POW at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11). POW, AM 2OLC, DFC,

  • John Hay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John James

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alden Maynes

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Pratt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4232113. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11. POW

  • Chester Predko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Chester Predko served as a waist gunner with the 368th Bomb Squadron of the 306th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Thurleigh, England. On 24 May 1944, he was shot down in B-17 #4232113 and Killed in Action (KIA). It was his 25th mission.

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 24 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4952 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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