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Vernor Frank Daley Jr

Military

Pilot B-17 #42-102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA, crashed into North Sea. Changed to Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Paul Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Navigator B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR,...

  • Guy Byam-Corstiaens

    Civilian | War Correspondent BBC
    Guy Byam-Corstiaens (later known as just Guy Byam) had joined the Royal Navy and was among the 68 survivors of the 254 men on board HMS "Jervis Bay" which was sunk on 5 November 1940 in the North Atlantic. Byam had swum through oily waters before being...

  • Joseph Carbine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Co-Pilot B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted...

  • Okey Coplin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Robert Crede

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Bombardier B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR,...

  • Silvio DeZolt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 42-102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Reisel Horn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Porfirio Marquez

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Arthur Mack crew. Reported to the ETO on 19 Nov 1943. ...

  • George Petrillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 42-102547 Elizabeth, The Princess, Rose of York

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 2/5/44; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-F] Thurleigh 5/5/44. Missing in Action 63M Berlin 3 February 1945 with Vernor F. Daley Jr, Co-pilot: Joseph J. Carbine,...

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

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 San Antonio, Texas, USA 30 January 1919
Enlisted San Antonio, Texas, USA 24 September 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Died North Sea 3 February 1945

Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery

Tablets of the Missing,
Cambridge, England.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 14:35:21 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Deleted and re-added the "died" event to clean up a date issue (date listed twice).

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 14:26:41 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Configured Enlisted & Burial locations.

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2019 14:20:54 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Removed extra info from "born" event.

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2019 09:38:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 12283
WWII Draft Cards
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2019 09:35:58 ED-BB Changes to suffix
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Duplicate entry

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 09:45:18 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Daley&GSbyrel=all&...

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2015 08:54:36 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events
Sources

https://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWI...

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2015 22:29:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46714644/
http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-102547

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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