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Reuben Ard Carr

Military

Reuben Carr was Waist gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744 the "Battling-Bee" Piloted by 1Lt. Frank Clemons. Aircraft took direct hit from Flak in open bomb bay. All crew members from Radio Compartment aft were KIA. Plane crash-landed in shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Unknown if S/Sgt Carr was able to bail out or not. Reuben's remains were never recovered or identified as recovered. DED status 1944 (Declared Dead). Listed as Killed in Action (KIA). Honored on the "Tablets of the Missing" in the Netherlands American Cemetery.
Awarded Silver Star (for action at Hickam Field, Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941), Air Medal, Purple Heart. After Reuben's death, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimsom sent the following letter to Mrs. Walter Carr, mother of the lost aviator : "At the request of the President, I write to inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to your son, Staff Sergeant Reuben A. Carr, Air Corps, who sacrificed his life in the defense of his country. Little that we can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one. We profoundly appreciate the greatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us in this battle for our country, is a loss shared by all of us. When the medal, which you will shortly receive, reaches you, I want you to know that with it goes my sincerest sympathy, and the hope that time and the victory of our cause will finally lighten the burden of your grief."

Service

People

  • James Clark

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    James Clark was Co-Pilot on board of B-17 ≠42-29744 'Battling Bee', shot down 15 May 1943. Plane crash-landed in shallow water near Cuxhaven, Germany. Clark bailed out of aircraft, was captured on land near Altenwalde. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft...

  • Frank Clemons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 42-29744 'Battling Bee'. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, in shallow water. Pilot Lt. Clemons was the last to bail out, low altitude and landed in North Sea. Body was recovered from the...

  • William Condon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    William Condon was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, lost 15 May 1943, crashed in the North Sea near Cuxhaven, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Roy Fries

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Roy Fries was Tail gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). Remains not recovered. Memorialized on the "Tablets of...

  • Oran Highley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Oran Highley was Bombardier on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F-70-BO [GY-O] #42-29744 "Battling Bee". Plane crashed into shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Captured at Altenwalde, sent to Dulag Luft for...

  • Donald Kind

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Louis Means

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Louis Means was a Navigator in the 306th BG/ 367th BS. He completed 2 missions (St. Nazaire on 1 May 1943 and Antwerp on 4 May 1943). He was shot down on his third on 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744. Plane crashed into the North Sea near the island of...

  • Emil Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Emil Miller was Waist gunner on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744 ''Battling Bee' piloted by 1Lt. Frank B. Clemons. Plane crash-landed in shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Germany. Emil had completed a...

  • John Mulherin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    John Mulherin was Radio Operator on board of B-17 ≠42-29744, lost on 15 May 1943, crashed in the North Sea near Cuxhaven, Germany. His body was recovered a few days after the crash. Killed In Action (KIA)

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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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29744 Battling Bee

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-O] Thurleigh 20/4/43. Missing in Action Heligoland Airdrome 15 May 1943 with Pilot Frank B. Clemons Jr, Radio Operator: John L. Mulherin, Ball turret gunner: Donald A. Kind, Waist...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

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 Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama September 1916
Killed In Action (KIA) 15 May 1943

in the loss of B-17 ≠42-29744 near Cuxhaven, Germany

Lived in

Eufaula, Alabama

Memorialized Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands

on the Tablets of the Missing at Margraten

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2020 11:01:13 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
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MACR 15512
ABMC website

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12 December 2020 14:10:35 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography and events
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Riley family website at http://www.johnriley-sr.net/research/edward_r_riley_sr

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12 December 2020 11:05:52 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 15512

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11 July 2015 05:24:42 kduggin Changes to biography
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macr15512

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11 July 2015 05:23:33 kduggin Changes to biography
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macr15512

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macr15512

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macr15512

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MACR15512

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MACR 15512

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27 September 2014 18:22:18 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15512 / MACR 15512, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey, p. 122, ABMC / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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