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Kermit Joseph Constantine

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Radio Operatot. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

Service

People

  • Albert Brunsting

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

  • Paul Byer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and the strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

  • Charles Cranmer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17 #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then was strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

  • Arizona Harris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. TSgt Harris remained in his turret, continuously firing at the...

  • William Musick

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Target was the U-Boat pens as St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Ransom

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Robert Ransom was shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/Bote ...

  • John Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Bombardier. He was killed by a Flak burst over the target. The aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and the strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target...

  • Charles Wall

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire...

  • Edgar Whittaker

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire,...

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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

  • 41-24470 Sons of Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24470, assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 22-Aug-42; damaged in taxi accident Westover Fd 26-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43. Severely hit by enemy aircraft, ditched into the English Channel off Brest...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 23 August 1919

Rayne, Acadia County, Louisiana

Enlisted 22 July 1941

Camp Blanding, Florida

Lived in October 1942

Rayne, Louisiana

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2020 10:25:48 ED-BB Changes to middlename, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 16427
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 21:18:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 18:55:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2015. Added SN, crew position and KIA event per MACR 16427; Added decorations and Commemorate event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited biography adding crew position and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16427, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61

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