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Clyde M Bennett


He was an original crew member. On 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid air collision with B-17F #41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He managed to scramble out of the falling aircraft, parachuted safely, and was captured. Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Frank Jacknik

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Navigator the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS which broke the aircraft in two just north of the target of Lille, France. He was either...

  • James Johnston

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the Group. ...

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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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24471 Four of a Kind

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Ateliers D'Hellemmes at Lille, France. Due to a mid-air collision with 41-24498, aircraft was sliced in two...


  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 13 January 1943 – 24 May 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems) Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 24-May-45.


Date Contributor Update
02 June 2021 21:51:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 20:24:10 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2019. Added decorations and made connections to Place and Mission ; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; added details about event to Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, als reference MACR 15502

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:35 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15502 / MACR 15502, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 63, Combat Crews pg. 33 & 53, First Over Germany pg. 23, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /