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42-5130

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F-15-BO 42-5130 [GY:] "Sweet Pea" was delivered at Denver 29-Sep-42; Presque Isle, ME 20-Nov-42; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 25-Nov-42; Missing in Action on mission of 6-Mar-43 to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient. Sustained damage from flak and crashed near Quimper, France. 1KIA 8POW 1EVD. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)15568. SWEET PEA.

The pilot MAJ John L. Ryan was the Commanding Office of the 367BS and the only Squadron Commander of the 306BG to be listed MIA during hostilities. He managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft and evaded capture. Returning to England on 17-Apr-43 when he was picked up by RAF Lysander.

P MAJ John L. Ryan (EVD); CP 1LT Gerald L. Simmons (KIA)
N 1LT Robert B. Herman (POW); B 1LT James A. Laine (POW)
E/TTG TSGT Charles E. Perry (POW); RO SSGT Glenn A. Blakemore (POW)
BTG SSGT William H. Forrester (POW); LWG SSGT John R. Chapman (POW)
RWG SSGT James C. Green, Jr. (POW); TG SSGT Robert G. Mumaw (POW)

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

  • Leon Bamforth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 423BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 mission tour with 306BG. Returned to fly with 305BG. Died after being struck in the head by shrapnel while serving as a top turret gunner on a mission to Brunswick 31-Jul-44. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Glenn Blakemore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Flak caused damage to the aircraft and he baled out and was captured as a...

  • John Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Flak caused damage to aircraft and he baled out and was captured as a Prisoner of...

  • William Forrester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea' 306BG/367BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. The aircraft was on a mission to bobm the U-Boat pens at Lorient. France. Flak caused damage to the aircraft and he baled out and was captured as...

  • James Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Right Waist Gunner. The aircraft was on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Flak caused damage to the aircraft and he baled out and was captured as a...

  • Robert Hermann

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew on John L. Ryan crew. From Sept 1942 until 6 March 1943. Shot down 6 March 1943 over Lorient, France in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Navigator Baled out and taken Prisoner of War (POW). Had flown 12 1/2 missions. His...

  • James Laine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was on a mission tobomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Flak caused damage to the aircraft and a baleout was necessary. He was caputers as a...

  • Robert Mumaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator;Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Flak caused damage to aircraft and he baled out and was captured as a Prisoner of...

  • Charles Perry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea' 306BG/367BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Flak caused damage to aircraft and he baled out and was captured as a...

  • John Ryan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5130 'Sweet Pea', 306BG/367BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. At the time he was the 367BS Commanding Officer, the only squadron commander of the 306th...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Quimper, France 6 March 1943

Shot down by AA fire and crashed near Quimper, France on a mission to bombe the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2015 20:48:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jul-2015. Added Nickname and edited Description converting dates to military-style signification and target details and added note about pilot per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added FTR event and added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition of all crew members and formatted crew display per MACR 15568.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15568 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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