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Harvey P Ryder crew 306BG/369squadron



  • 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,...


  • Renato Iafrate

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Competed 35 combat missions AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC/ EAME w/ 3 battle stars

  • Melvin Loes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Melvin "Moon" Loes volunteered for service in 1943 and joined his crew in Tampa in 1944. He arrived into England on 23 November 1944. On his second mission, his crew lost 2 of 4 engines and made an emergency landing in France. Moon completed 27...

  • Lowell Mikles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
    Completed 29 missions from 1944-1945. He was discharged October 1946. Returned to Arkansas and joined Army National Guard in 1947. He was moblized in 1950 and served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired July 1967 at Ft. Sill, OK.

  • Oliver Minihane

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    may have changed the spelling of his name from Olivor Moynihane prior to the war. Appears to have become a naturalized US citizen in 1940

  • Andrew Ness

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer
    Completed 30 missions from 30 December 1944 to 6 May 1945, his last three missions were Special Missions which dropped leaflets. 'Drive It Home' name of his crew's B-17. Flew on Harvey B. Ryder crew. The navigator, pilot and Ness had been together...

  • Harvey Ryder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot

  • John Stright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Armorer
    He reported to the ETO on 13 Dec 1944. He flew on Harvey Ryder crew. February 1, 1945 -- Berlin -- Planes were coming out Berlin from the raid as we were flying in. January 1, 1945 -- Ran out of fuel -- had to land in France. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 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...


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24 October 2020 23:42:32 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

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