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1st Lt. John McKee, pilot of the Rose O' Day serial # 41-24495



  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...


  • John McKee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    He reported to the group on 23 Jun 1942. He was shot down on his 4th mission. Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Pilot. Evaded and returned to London on 27 Jan 1943. He returned to the 8th AF as Group Operations...


  • 41-24495 Rose O' Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O' Day' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec- 42 while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Creil, France...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
17 July 2015 20:46:17 tlhamaker Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

From Hamaker family photographs (Lt. L.E. Hamaker Jr. copilot)