Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O'Day while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on mission to Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Fighters were coming straight in at the nose of our plane, at that time we didn't have 50 cal. Guns so we couldn't get them. If my recollection is correct they got the number 3 engine. They came under and killed our ball turret gunner. We then got orders to bail out because we were losing altitude. He bailed out from 20,000ft. Landed near Vilcroy, France. Prisoner of War (POW).
Units served with
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,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O' Day' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec- 42 while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Creil, France...
20 December 1942
The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR.
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...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||20 December 1942 – 21 July 1945
Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 21-Jul-45.