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Charles B Overacker Jr


Commanding Officer from 18 March 1942 to 4 January 1943. He led the 1st mission to Lille 09 October 1942. Then lead the group to Brest 07 November 1942 and to St. Nazaire 09 November 1942. He was relieved as CO and re-assigned to the 8th AF 04 January 1943. He retired on 30 June 1956.




  • James Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member. He was the 31st Officer to complete tour on 28 Jul 1943. He transferred out on 30 Jul 1943. AM 2OLC, DFC,

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • Headquarters (306th Bomb Group)

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...


Event Location Date
Born 22 February 1901
Died 26 October 1983


Date Contributor Update
13 December 2020 11:33:08 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes Jan 1982

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 20:52:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards and place associations

Lee Cunningham 10-Nov-2014: Award association.

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27 September 2014 18:05:28 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Crews pg. 137 & 144, First Over Germany pg. 1-3,9-13, 15-17, 23-25, 40-44, 55, 62-3, 307, & 322., / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia