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Carroll Dayle Briscoe

Military

He reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. He was the 35th Officer to complete 25 missions. Reported on 05 Feb 1945 with the 2AF weather scouts. Retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 1972.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), LOM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean Medal.

Service

People

  • John Hickey

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    John Hickey flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew from January 1943 to July 1943. He joined Briscoe's crew as it was formed in Boise, Idaho in August 1942. Reported to the ETO on 15 Jan 1943. He also served in the 2nd Bomb Wing (Col. LeMay's) July-Aug 1943 as...

  • David MacGhee

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew 25 missions during WWII on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. Became squadron commander from 18 May to 13 Aug 1943. He was the 34th Officer to complete tour. Transferred to the 11th CCRC on 13 Aug 1943. During the Korean War...

  • John Roller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 9143. Completed 7 missions. He was severely wounded on 01 May 1943 St. Nazaire mission. He received a medical discharge in August 1944. DSC, AM OLC, PH,

  • Victor Rose

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Flew missions from January to July 1943. He was the 50th enlisted men to complete tour on 10 Jul 1943. He also served with the 29th BG/6th BS in the 20th AF flying B-29s. AM 3OLC, PH, DFC,

  • Fred Sherman

    Military | Colonel | Pilot & Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was the 32nd officer to complete a 25 mission tour. Joined group in 15 January 1943. He flew 13 missions as C. Dale Briscoe's Co-pilot and then received his own crew in May 1943. He flew the JERAVAD "Un Petite Peu." His last mission was on 28...

  • Edward Traynor

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 1943.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-29477 'Little Audrey' 'Joan of Arc'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 5/2/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-H] Thurleigh 17/4/43 LITTLE AUDREY; ...

  • 42-29993 'Carroll Jun'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 19/4/43; Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Don Tattershall, Co-pilot: Bill Grisham, Navigator: Jim Crabtree, Bombardier: John Whittle, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 34

    14 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are once again slated at the primary target for this mission. A force of 74 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (17); 305BG (17); 306BG (20), but weather once again forces the mission to be recalled before...

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 46

    22 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens and harbour facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. 76 B-17's are despatched: 91BG (21); 303BG (18); 305BG (18); and 306BG (19). These are joined by 26 B-24's: 44BG (12) and 93BG (14). Of this force...

  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 53

    1 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

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Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • 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 Hess, Oklahoma 9 February 1921

Son of Bertha Lee [Gore] Briscoe

Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK, USA 22 August 1941
Based Thurleigh 15 January 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Honington 5 February 1945 – May 1945

Special Duty 1st Scouting Force.

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 2009
Died Fearrington Village, 69 Trestle Leaf, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA 15 February 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2017 20:05:27 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84769279_carroll_d%20briscoe/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/93115906_carroll_d%20briscoe/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49129813

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 04:01:56 cameronmartz Changes to awards
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I am Col. Briscoe's grandson and have all of his official records.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 03:54:02 cameronmartz Changes to person associations and unit associations
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I am Col. Briscoe's grandson and have all of his official records.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 03:41:07 cameronmartz Changes to middlename, nickname and mission associations
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I am Col. Briscoe's grandson and have all of his official records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000, First Over Germany pg. 76, 91, 105-108, 145, & 150, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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