2nd Lt. Leonard E. Hamaker Jr. co-pilot of 'Rose O' Day' (B-17F serial # 41-24495). Spent 28 months as a POW as 'guest' of the German Government (December 20, 1942-April 29, 1945_. Shot down by EAC and flak following successfully bombing the airfield at Rommily-sur-Seine, France, December 20, 1942 (8th AAF Mission 26).
Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Officially recognized by German Gov't as American POW #99. Interned at Dulag Luft, Oflag 23b, Stalag Luft 3, and Stalag 7b. Cartoonist, sent POW cartoon drawing of POW daily life to be published in American Red Cross POW Newsletters during 1943 and 1944. Liberated from Stalag 7b (Moosburg, Germany) on April 29, 1945.
Units served with
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,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O' Day' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec- 42 while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Creil, France...
7 November 1942
A combined bomber force of 56 B-17s are despatched by 91BG, 301BG and 306BG to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France. This is the first mission flown by 91st Bomb Group. This element is joined by 12 B-24s from 93BG. To aide the attacking bomber force,...
8 November 1942
Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...
9 November 1942
The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...
22 November 1942
The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...
20 December 1942
The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR.
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...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||20 December 1942 – 25 May 1945
Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 25-May-45.