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42-37720

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 6/8/43; Denver 14/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-N] Thurleigh 18/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Doug White, Pilot: Emil Rasmussen, Co- Pilot: Carl Alexander, Navigator: George Toney, Bombardier/Toggler: Gus Riecke, Flight Enginear / Top Turret Gunner: Francis Pulliam, Ball Turret Gunner: Bill Earnest, L Waist gunner: Charles Adams, R Waist Gunner: Walt Sherrill, Tail Gunner: (9 Killed in Action):Joe Bocelli, Radio Operator (Bailed out taken Prisoner of War); Last seen at 1400 on 14 OCT 43 (Black Thursday) with severe horizontal stabilizer damage from being attacked by enemy aircraft and exploded, broke in half at radio room, crashed 40 minutes from target which was the ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 823.

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

  • Charles Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Alexander

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Bocelli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • William Earnest

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC, Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Francis Pulliam

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Emil Rasmussen

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

  • Gus Riecke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/3Oak Leaf Cluster,

  • Walter Sherrill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720, while flying with Lt. Douglas H. White. Killed in Action (KIA). He flew regularly on Thomas Witt crew. AM 2Oak Leaf Cluster, PH,

  • George Toney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier/ Toggler (Enlisted Bombardier) | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Douglas White

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4237720. Killed in Action (KIA).

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
Shot down by enemy fighters Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2017 04:28:12 GTGS Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 823 by, GTGS

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2017 06:11:41 GTGS Changes to description
Sources

367th BG reports

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2017 05:56:21 GTGS Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

306th BG association Photo

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 823 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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