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Joseph A Dillard


Shot down 18 November 1942 in B-17 41-24474 'Floozy' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France but was hit by flak over St. Nazaire damaging an engine, letting down over the Bay of Biscay, it attacked by FW 190's forcing the pilot to ditch the aircraft into the sea 2 miles of the Ile d'Oussant off the tip of the Brest Peninsula, France. Sgt Dillard was captured POW. MACR 16448.



Units served with

  • 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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24474 Floozy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 17-Sep-42. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire over St. Nazaire, France while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France. The aircraft was then attacked by German FW-190 fighters over...


  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

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...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 18 November 1942 – 18 June 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 18-Jun-45.

Ditched Ushant, France 18 November 1942

Managed to exit the aircraft after it was ditched into the sea.


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 22:58:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Added ditching location to description & Event per "losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made aircraft association within existing data.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 23:16:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MAR) 16448; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Volume I by Bishop and Hey pp. 46-47 MACR 16448