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Robert H Farwell

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Berlin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Brawl 42-31690. He was on his 5th mission. His plane was hit by fighters and flak. Took a hit in the cockpit and whole cockpit on fire. He was captured immediately. He had facial burns.

Other Crew Members:
Oliver Bonner
Earl Hall
Ernest Lindsey
William Markle
Warren Tryloff
Charlie Williams
Warren Wilson
Robert Winther

Service

People

  • Oliver Bonner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crashed at Berlin, after fire broke out on board and parachuted out with others of the crew, on 12 Sept 1944 in B-17 Belle of the Brawl 42-31690 Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Earl Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Berlin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Brawl #4231690. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16. ...

  • Ernest Lindsey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Berlin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Brawl 42-31690 POW

  • William Markle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Leland Deck crew. Reported to group on 28 May 1944. He was KIA on his 25th as copilot. Crashed at Berlin in B-17 Belle of the Brawl 42-31690. AM 3OLC, PH,

  • Warren Tryloff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down on 12 Sept 1944. Flying in the lead squadron of the lead group was hit three times by flak at 1126hrs. First flak hit was in the cockpit, setting the area on fire and causing hydraulic and oxygen failure at 27,000ft. And crew were ordered...

  • Charlie Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Berlin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Brawl 42-31690 POW

  • Warren Wilson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crashed at Berlin on 9/12/44 in B-17 "Belle of the Brawl". POW at Stalag Luft 4 and Stalag Luft I. He flew on Leland Deck crew, but was shot down with Maj. Robert Farwell. He completed 14 missions from 08 Jun 1944 to 10 September 1944. He was shot...

  • Robert Winther

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Berlin on 9/12/44 in B-17 Belle of the Brawl #4231690 POW

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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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31690 Belle of the Brawl

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick 16/1/44; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-W] Thurleigh 18/1/44; Missing in Action Ruhrland 12/9/44 with Maj Bob Farwell(wia), Navigator: Warren Tryloff, Bombardier: Oliver Bonner, Flight engineer/top...

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 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 14:27:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

‘Losses of the US 8th & 9th Air Forces’, Bishop and Hey

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition MACR 8828 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8828 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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