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Don H. Eldridge

Military

Shot down with B-17F 41-24447 'Floosy' while serving as Co-Pilot on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at La Pallice, France. Aircraft was ditched into the sea 2 miles off of the Ile d'Oussant, France and 2Lt Eldridge was captured. POW MACR 16448.

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

  • 41-24474 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...

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 18 November 1942 – 16 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 16-Jul-45.

Ditched Ushant, France 18 November 1942

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 20:41:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014 Added crash location to description and Ditching event per; "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made aircraft association per MACR 16448.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 21:40:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Mission connection

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 21:32:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. POW camp location

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 21:28:39 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR)16448; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

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