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The control tower at RAF Colerne. A B-17 Flying Fortress (WW-G, serial number 42-5729 later nicknamed "Buccaneer") of the 306th Bomb Group is visible in the background. 306BG B-17Fs 42-5729 (WW-G) and 42-29554 (GY-X) diverted to RAF Colerne following the 16th April 1943 mission to Lorient. Image via Mike Bowyer A veteran has written on the reverse: 'From Mike Bowyer 3/72 from collection of wing/Co. 76 sqd. Halifax at Home. RAF station WWII.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'WW:G 25729, GY:X.'

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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The control tower at Thurleigh air base. A B-17 Flying Fortress (WW-G, serial number 42-5729 later nicknamed "Buccaneer") of the 306th Bomb Group is visible in the background. Image via Mike Bowyer A veteran has written on the reverse: 'From Mike Bowyer 3/72 from collection of wing/Co. 76 sqd. Halifax at Home. RAF station WWII.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'WW:G 25729, GY:X.'

Connections

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,...

Aircraft

  • 42-29554

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 8/1/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-X] Thurleigh 25/3/43; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-Y] Grafton Underwood 21/8/43; then transferred RAF Farnborough (ER Flt) 19/2/44; BAD 1 Burtonwood 11/4/44, Returned to the USA Tinker 4/5...

  • 42-5262

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27-Oct-42; Bury 6-Dec-42; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 29-Jan-43; Missing in Action Lorient 6-Mar-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed into the Bay of Biscay, off Penmarch Point. 2KIA 8POW Missing Air Crew Report 15536. ...

  • 42-5729

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/10/42; Wayne 14/11/42; Rome 9/12/42; Wilmington 1/2/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-G] Thurleigh PICCADILLY COMMANDO 27/2/43; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-E] Bassingbourn 8/9/43 15+m; Returned to the USA Eglin 15/3/44; Reconstruction...

Missions

  • 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...

Locations

  • Colerne

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1940 as an RAF Fighter Station, with US fighters based here in late 1942.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 17:00:02 Lucy May Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

Removed the association to Thurleigh.

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2014 19:18:37 Paul Bellamy Changes to caption, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

306BG Mission Report (http://www.306bg.org/MISSION_REPORTS/16apr43.pdf)
WWII footage of Colerne control tower (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT69P2LWIzs)

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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