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42-5826

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 2/3/43; Walla Walla 29/3/43; Lowry 10/4/43; Presque Is 24/4/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-W] Thurleigh 7/5/43; Missing in Action Kiel 29/7/43 with Keith Conley, Co-pilot: Vince DeVos, Bombardier: Bob Sanford, Radio Operator: Frank Oetttinger, Ball turret gunner: Hugh Furr, Waist gunner: Chas Owen, Waist gunner: Russ Robinson,Tail gunner: Marvin Currier (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Hyman Adlerchute failed to open properly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou Leonardini (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Alvaneu, near Schleswig, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 122. JERAVAD 'UNE PETITE PEU'.

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

  • Hyman Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Keith Conley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11). POW

  • Marvin Currier

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. Completed 6 missions. POW, AM 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH,

  • Hugh Furr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Leonardini

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Oettinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Owen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Russell Robinson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Sanford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425826 'Jeravad Une Petite Peu. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Sherman

    Military | Colonel | Pilot & Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was the 32nd officer to complete a 25 mission tour. Joined group in 15 January 1943. He flew 13 missions as C. Dale Briscoe's Co-pilot and then received his own crew in May 1943. He flew the JERAVAD "Un Petite Peu." His last mission was on 28...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 53

    1 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO - 17 BOMBER SUPPORT

    13 May 1943
    A combined force of 124 P-47s is despatched from 4FG, 56FG and 78FG in support of the 1st Bomb Wing formation attacking the aircraft factories at Meault, France. These aircraft did not escort the bombers in the traditional sense, but provided sweeps of...

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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) Germany 29 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2018 02:11:37 TEUFELHOG Changes to mission associations
Sources

Brett Sherman (Grandson)
Mission dates and locations taken from Fred Sherman's personal journal.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2018 05:07:50 TEUFELHOG Changes to media associations
Sources

Brett Sherman (Grandson)

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 06:28:21 TEUFELHOG Changes to nicknames
Sources

Brett Sherman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 122 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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