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42-39965

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 20/10/43; Gr Island 31/11/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-W] Thurleigh 19/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 29/3/44 with Gerald Haywood, Co-pilot: Rubin Robertson, Navigator: Jack Bailiff, Bombardier: Bill Daniels, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Oldfield, Ball turret gunner: Melvin Ross (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Jerome Evenson, Waist gunner: Edgar Johnson, Waist gunner: Harry Maron,Tail gunner: Ralph Butler (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3 & set nose afire, crashed Ahnebeck, near Parsau, NE of Woolfsburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3482.

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Aircraft

  • 43-6696

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Shot down by Fw190 while taking on 12 E/A single handed to save the crew of a disabled B-17 42-39965. Pilot Capt Kenneth D Peterson baled out POW. 29-3-42. MACR 3459.

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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

  • Jack Bailiff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ralph Butler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW

  • William Daniels

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jerome Evenson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to the ETO on 08 Aug 1943. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf, near Krems...

  • Gerald Haywood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edgar Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Maron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to the ETO on 08 Aug 1943. ...

  • Billie Oldfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Peterson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Rubin Robertson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39965 crashed NE of Wolfsburg, GR after some of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

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 29 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 21:13:11 wchoff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Wayne Tolmachoff

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3482 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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