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Richard LeRoy Daniels

Military

Richard Daniels was a Bombardier in the 306th Bomb Group/369th Bomb Squadron. Hit in the upper arm on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 February 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. The Fortress was shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Albert Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 Mar 1944 on a mission to Erkner, Berlin, B-17F #42-31025 left formation over the target due to the mechanical failure of the #4 engine and on the return was attacked fighters knocking out another engine but was able to return and land at a base...

  • Robert Benninger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Evaded capture for a couple months but were captured and executed on 22 April 1944.

  • Louis Colwart

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Eike

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Evaded capture for a couple months but were captured and executed on 22 April 1944.

  • Roy Holbert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Prisoner of War (POW). He was at Prisoner of War (POW) camps Stalag Luft VI located near the town of Heydekrug, Memelland...

  • Ross Kahler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Musial

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. A 20mm shell blew his leg off when ME's caught up with the plane over France. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4 Gross...

  • John Pindroch

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Evaded capture for a couple months but was captured and executed on 22 April 1944.

  • William Slenker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31499. Evaded capture with the help of Marie-Louise Oget (see letter). Wounded by flak, but evaded for seven months in the home of...

  • Howard Snyder

    Military | Captain | First Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On a mission to Frankfurt, Howard Snyder's plane B-17G AC #42-31499 (the "Susan Ruth") was attacked and shot down by two Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf 190 fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on February 8, 1944. He was missing in action for 7 months...

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

  • 42-31499 Susan Ruth

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 11/12/43; Grenier 12/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG Thurleigh 21/1/44; ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 214

    8 February 1944
    1st Bomb Division: The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany are the primary target for a combined force of 120 B-17s from: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 382BG; and 482BG. 51 aircraft are effective on the target and another 39 attack...

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 Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA 1 April 1920
Lived in 1941

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Enlisted 3 October 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps, in Newark, New Jersey

Hit in upper arm 8 February 1944

on board B-17 42-31499

captured 8 February 1944

by the Germans a short time after having landed in parachute in the vicinity of Macquenoise, Belgium

Prisoner of War (POW) 8 February 1944 – February 1945

Transported to a Luftwaffe hospital in Brussels, Belgium; interned at the Offlag IXA/H in Spangenberg (25km SE of Kassel), Germany. Repatriated to the US in a Prisoner Exchange Program through the International Red Cross

Shipped back to the US via Sweden January 1945 – 21 February 1945

he was on board the Swedish Hospital ship "Gripsholm" (together with fellow crew member Joseph Musial and 78 Canadian servicemen and about 700 civilians, most of American nationality), arriving in New York harbor on 21 February 1945

Honorably discharged 1 August 1947
Buried 1983

Richard Daniels rests at the Resurrection Cemetery, Montebello, Los Angeles County, California

Died 20 September 1983

Los Angeles County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2019 10:26:54 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW Records
MACR 2493
VETERANS BIRLS files

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2493 / MACR 2493, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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