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42-5175

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 42-5175 was delivered at Denver 6-Oct-42; New Castle 4-Nov-42; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 16-Nov-42; Missing in Action 16-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Aircraft was severely damaged by flak over the target and then attacked by German fighters. A waist gunner was killed in the action but 9 of the crew managed to bale out. The aircraft crashed at Les Sept Iles, France. 1KIA, 7POW 2EVD MACR 15471.

P 1Lt Joseph A. Downing (POW); CP 2Lt Howard W. Kelly (EVD)
N 1Lt Howard H. Pratt (POW); B 2Lt George V. Bryan (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Allen H. Robinson (EVD); RO SSgt Henry H. Jones (POW)
BTG Sgt Royal A. Green (POW); WG Harvey J. Ross, Jr. (KIA)
WG SSgt George W. Green (POW); TG Loras C. Elliott (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

  • George Bryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Bombardier the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out....

  • Joseph Downing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Pilot the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out. Aircraft crashed at Les Sept...

  • Loras Elliott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over the target at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders...

  • George Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Right Waist Gunner the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over the target at St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave...

  • Royal Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 19 Jun 1942. Prisoner of War (POW).On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then...

  • Henry Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    ...

  • Howard Kelly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out. He baled out near Lannion,...

  • Howard Pratt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Navigator the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out. Nine crew members bailed out safely and 2 were able...

  • Allen Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out. He baled...

  • Harvey Ross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Left Waist Gunner the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over the target at St. Nazaire, France. Sgt Ross was killed and the aircraft crashed near Les Sept Iles,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

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) Les Sept Îles, France 16 February 1943

Aircraft was severely damaged by flak over the target and then attacked by enemy fighters and crashed at Les Sept Iles, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 19:26:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Added Markings, FTR description, edited Description wit target and loss information per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15471; made connections to PLace and Mission within existing website data; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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