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James B Walden

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29 missions. Shot down over Stuttgart 6 December 1944 in AC #4338362. POW Stalag Luft I, Barth. Plane was 'Sleepy Time Gal'. He flew on Robert Brown crew.

AM w/ 4 OLC/ PH/ POW

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  • Samuel Abdelnour

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Raymond Braun crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Shot down on 09 December 1944 mission to Stuttgart flying with Robert Brown on B-17 # 41-23809. Crew bailed out near Wolfach, and aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km...

  • Jack Baasel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. He reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Flew on 42-97181 on 3 January 1045. He was off combat on 02 Apr 1945. AM 3OLC,

  • Joseph Bollard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) bailed out on 9 Dec 44 near Wolfach in B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' #4338362. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France.

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 09 Dec 1944 B-17 #43-38362 was shot down by flak. According to KU 3457, Lt. Brown's parachute failed to open when he bailed out near Wolfach. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France. AM 3OLC, PH,

  • Jerrold Fann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Shot down by flak on 9 December 1944 mission to Stuttgart in B-17 #43-38362 "Sleepy Time Gal". Crew bailed out near Wolfach. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near...

  • Michael Ferrara

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    KIA on 13 Sept 1944 on mission to Merseberg. He was flying with Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. AM

  • William Giglio

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. POW Crew bailed out near Wolfach on 9 Dec 44 from B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' #4338362, this was his 35th mission. Flak hit #4 engine and could not feather. Dove to 22,000 ft and when the...

  • Ernest Hovey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. ...

  • James Moore

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier/Nose Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crew bailed out near Wolfach on 9 Dec 44 in B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' #4338362. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12.

  • Raymond Ohm

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. ...

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-102975

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Kearney 3/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-F] Thurleigh 6/6/44; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with Jack Henley, Co-pilot: Roy Stewart, Navigator: Warren Becker, Bombardier: Herb Whitaker, Flight engineer...

  • 42-31196

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; Memphis 10/11/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [BO-O] Thurleigh 14/12/43; battle damaged Stuttgart 9/12/44, force landed continent; Salvaged 20/1/45. EXTRA JOKER.

  • 42-38198

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/44; Kearney 25/1/44; Assigned 369BS; 306BG [WW-D] Thurleigh 6/4/44; transferred 92BG Podington; sal 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 9/5/45.

  • 42-97185

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Wright 23/2/44; Gr Island 28/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 20/3/44; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-J] Thurleigh 31/3/44; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with Capt Boylston Lewis, Co-pilot: Bob Whitelaw,...

  • 42-97297

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/4; Rapid City 3/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 20/4/44; no ops, transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-N] Thurleigh 26/4/44; 92BG Podington 9/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45. HOW SOON?

  • 43-37693

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-L] Thurleigh 13/6/44; Missing in Action Delitzsch 16/8/44 with Eldon Ralstin, Radio Operator: Bob Behnke (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Goetz, Navigator: Dick...

  • 43-38287

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 27/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-V] Thurleigh 22/8/44; transferred 327BS/92BG (UX- ) Podington 9/5/45; Green project special mission Port Lyautey, Mor. 20/6/45; force landed Istres, Fr 25/6/45;...

  • 43-38362 Sleepytime Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 10/8/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 22/8/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Brown (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Giglio, Navigator: James B. Walden, Bombardier: Jim Moore,...

Missions

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 519

    5 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 531

    8 August 1944

  • 533

    9 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 570

    25 August 1944

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Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft I

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Born Atlanta, Georgia, USA 18 February 1921

His only brother also flew B24's with 854th Bomb Squadron, 491st BG

Prisoner of War (POW) Wolfach, Germany 9 December 1944 – May 1945

Captured at Wolfach, Germany and transported to Stalag Luft I in Barth on the Baltic coast of Germany.

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2nd Lt. James B. Walden

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic... / self, MACR 11342, First Over Germany pg. 294, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards,

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