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42-37718

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 7/8/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 92BG Podington 10/9/43; transferred 368BS/306BG [BO-H] Thurleigh 19/9/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Roy Ranck, Co-pilot: Miles McCormack, Navigator: Carl Groesbeck, Bombardier: Bill Hewitt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Hall, Radio Operator: Bill Skahan, Ball turret gunner: Henry Kozier, Waist gunner: Fred Nabors,Tail gunner: Bill Barton (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Doug Farris (KIA-hit by 20m shell); enemy aircraft, crashed Alstrup, on Samsoe Is, Den.. Missing Air Crew Report 870.

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

  • William Barton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Joseph Belser crew. Reported to group on 23 Apr 1943. He was shot down while flying on Lt. Roy C. Ranck, Jr. 's crew. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37718. POW at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW, AM 4OLC,

  • Miles Cormack

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

  • Douglas Farris

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Groesbeck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. Prisoner of War (POW). He was at Stalag Luft III. POW

  • Harry Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW

  • William Hewitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Jr

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

  • Henry Kozier

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Nabors

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 9C Bad Sulza Saxe-Weimar 51-11. POW

  • William Skahan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was flying status on 01 May 1943. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4237718. POW at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW, AM 1OLC,

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • 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) Poland 9 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 870 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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