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Neil H Brennan

Military

Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230832. Prisoner of War (POW). He was a Prisoner of War (POW) from 26 Nov. 1943 to 04 May 1945. He was at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW) no. 100388.

POW

Service

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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24487 'Eager Beaver'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-Q] Westover 25/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; AFSC 1/5/44; was longest serving B-17F in 8th BC; Returned to the USA Tinker 28/7/44; to Williamsport Technical Institute, Patterson Fd, Penn.; 20/6/45 for aeronautical programme, the...

  • 41-24498

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 23-Aug-42; Thurleigh 30-Oct42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Atclier D' Hellemmes at Lille, France. Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24471 "Four of a...

  • 41-24560 'Little Audrey'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-D] New Castle 4/10/42; Thurleigh 26/10/42; transferred 369BS [WW- ]; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-A] Grafton Underwood 5/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 14/5/44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-29741

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Gt Falls 17/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 15/4/43; transferred 368BS/306BG [BO-V] Thurleigh 17/4/43; 324BS/91BG [DF-F/D/P] Bassingbourn 11/9/43; battle damaged over Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Lt Christensen...

  • 42-29809 Queen Jeanie / Damn Yankee II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Stephenville, Nfd 12/4/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-T] Thurleigh 20/4/43; then 423BS [RD-B]; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-X] Grafton Underwood 4/9/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 12/12/43; Returned to...

  • 42-29937

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 13/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 306BS/306BG [BO-N] Thurleigh 23/5/43; transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 27/6/43; Missing in Action Rennes 23/9/43 with Leslie Braidenthal, Bombardier:...

  • 42-30145

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Memphis 30/4/43; Presque Is 5/5/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 12/7/43; 368BS/306BG [BO-G] Thurleigh 22/8/43; RAF 100 Gp 7/1/44, ret 13/3/44;...

  • 42-30776

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/7/43; Dyersburg 7/8/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-F] Thurleigh 20/9/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 3/11/43 with George Goris, Co-pilot: Ken Cabe, Navigator: Frank Bullard, Bombardier: Harry Urman, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-30832

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/43; Gr Isle 14/8/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG Thurleigh 18/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Francis Hoey, Co-pilot: John Harr, Navigator: Stan Silverman, Bombardier: Jim Morrow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill...

  • 42-37724

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 10/8/43; Walla Walla 15/8/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-Z] Thurleigh 20/9/43; transferred Air Force Service Comd 2/5/44; retUS 4136 BU Tinker 14/8/44; 3022 BU Indian Springs 2/9/44; with Joe Schmidt force landed base 5/1/45; 3021 BU Las Vegas...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wakefield, MI 49968, USA 18 August 1922
Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag XVIIB, Krems, Austria 26 November 1943 – 28 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2017 17:05:39 ThomBear Changes to awards
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Father', campaign ribbons

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 14:56:35 ThomBear Changes to place associations
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Added Thurleigh, England

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2017 14:01:08 ThomBear Changes to role
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306th BG Historical Association, personal recollection

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2017 14:23:42 ThomBear Changes to biography
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Father's notes

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2017 14:21:53 ThomBear Changes to events
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Father's notes

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 15:00:40 ThomBear Changes to aircraft associations
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306BG records

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 14:51:30 ThomBear Changes to mission associations
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306th BG History, Family history

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 14:26:44 ThomBear Changes to events
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Family

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 14:25:28 ThomBear Changes to awards
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Father's display case

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 14:24:12 ThomBear Changes to role
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Personal history, 306th BG records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1328 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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