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42-37953

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-L] Thurleigh 4/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 29/3/44 with Alvin Schuering, Co-pilot: Harvey Nielsen, Navigator: Jack Hamilton, Bombardier: Rob Flood, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Hawthorne, Radio Operator: Mike Comarnisky, Ball turret gunner: Henry Ashley, Left waist gunner: Norton McAllister, Right waist gunner: Leon Currie, Tail gunner: Max Bergen (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #2 then later #3, crash landed Winzlar, SW of Steinhuder Lake, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3480.

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Ashley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Max Bergen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW shot 2 German fighters down on this final mission for the crew

  • Michael Comarnisky

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leon Currie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW

  • Robert Flood

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW) from 29 March '44 to 13 May 1945 at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12....

  • Jack Hamilton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 01 Dec 1943. He flew on Alvin Schuering crew. ...

  • Frederick Hawthorne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norton McAlister

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War.

  • Harvey Nielsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalage Luft I, Barth, GR. POW

  • Alvin Schuering

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After fighter and flak attacks on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37953 made an emergency landing SW of Steinhuder Lake, GR. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. He was shot down on his 26th mission...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 8th Air Force 284

    29 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. The first element is a combined force of 238 B-17s of 1st Air Division: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG; 401BG and 457BG are despatched to bomb the industrial areas of...

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) Winzlar, Germany 29 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2016 19:46:28 Rainer Changes to description
Sources

MACR 3480

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 21:11:19 wchoff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Wayne Tolmachoff

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3480 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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