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Rudolph C. Garcia


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 Ball Turret Gunner. Floozy was hit by flak over St. Nazaire damaging an engine, letting down over the Bay of Biscay, it was hit again by flak and by FW 190's and was ditched 2 miles off of Ile d'Oussant, off the tip of the Brest Peninsula. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 16448 does NOT list him as being with this crew. However, the MACR was prepared after the war and it is possible that he got omitted.



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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


  • 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...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born 3 November 1920
Ditched Ushant, France 18 November 1942

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


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 22:42:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Added 41-24447 event to description as it was cited in the original ingest and also in 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. HOWEVER, this could NOT be confirmed from MACR 16448. Service number based on National Archives Records Administration(NARA) Enlistment records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:42 AAM AAM ingest

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 pp.45-47