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Percy C Bolinger

Military

He was an original crew member of the group. He flew on Ralph Gaston crew. On 9 November 1942 assigned target U/B at St. Nazaire, France. On return, crashed into field beyond runway in B-17F-15-BO 41-24494.

Shot down 18 November 1942 in B-17 41-24474 'Floozy' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice but was hit by flak over St. Nazaire damaging an engine, letting down over the Bay of Biscay, it was attacked again by FW 190's forcing the pilot to ditch the aircraft into the sea. SSgt Bolinger was captured. MACR 16448

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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

  • 41-24494

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 16-Aug-1942; Thurleigh 13-October-1942. 9-Nov-42 despatched on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France it was damaged by flak. Upon return it landed at Portreath, over-ran the runway, overran a dirt...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    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...

  • 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...

Events

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

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

Ditched Ushant, France 18 November 1942

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

Died Bartlesville, OK, USA 3 February 1984

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 22:54:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 23:07:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 15:50:26 Emily Changes to biography and events
Sources

Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Hey and Bishop p.45-47, First Over Germany pg 49, Russell Strong Index Cards, 306th BGA Collection,

Data update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Hey and Bishop p.45-47, First Over Germany pg 49,

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