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2nd Lt. Leonard E. Hamaker Jr. co-pilot of 'Rose O' Day' (B-17F serial # 41-24495). Spent 28 months as a POW as 'guest' of the German Government (December 20, 1942-April 29, 1945_. Shot down by EAC and flak following successfully bombing the airfield at Rommily-sur-Seine, France, December 20, 1942 (8th AAF Mission 26).



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    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,...

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  • Leonard Hamaker Jr.

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Officially recognized by German Gov't as American POW #99. Interned at Dulag Luft, Oflag 23b, Stalag Luft 3, and Stalag 7b. Cartoonist, sent POW...


  • 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...


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Hamaker family records