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Edgar G Whittaker

Military

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

Service

People

  • Albert Brunsting

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

  • Paul Byer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and the strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

  • Kermit Constantine

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Radio Operatot. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire,...

  • Charles Cranmer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17 #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then was strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire, France.

  • Arizona Harris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. TSgt Harris remained in his turret, continuously firing at the...

  • William Musick

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Target was the U-Boat pens as St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Ransom

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Robert Ransom was shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/Bote ...

  • John Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Bombardier. He was killed by a Flak burst over the target. The aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and the strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target...

  • Charles Wall

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24470 'Sons of Fury' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was the U/B (submarine) base at St. Nazaire...

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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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24470 Sons of Fury

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24470, assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 22-Aug-42; damaged in taxi accident Westover Fd 26-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43. Severely hit by enemy aircraft, ditched into the English Channel off Brest...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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 12 November 1913

Worcester County, Massachusetts

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was ditched into the English Channel and then strafed by German fighters. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2020 13:09:21 ED-BB Changes to events and person associations
Sources

MACR 16427
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 21:21:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 19:23:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2015. Added SN, crew position and KIA event per MACR 16427; Added decorations and Commemorate event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited biography adding crew position and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16427, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61

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