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Sydney Berk

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' while serving as Navigator. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

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

  • 41-24489 Terry and the Pirates

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24489 'Terry and the Pirates' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    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. ...

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
Killed in Action (KIA) Paris, France 20 December 1942

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed near Paris, France

Buried 1945

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) does not have a record of this airman as being buried in any American Cemetery in Europe nor is he listed on any Wall of the Missing. However, the other KIAs in this crew are in the Epinal American Cemetery. There are two possibilities: either his remains were never recovered from the crashed aircraft; OR his remains were at one time at Epinal and were repatriated after the war to the United States.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 19:28:08 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Added crew position to description and KIA event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added Burial event data based on my own research; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.55

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