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Ehle H Reber

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1-May-1942 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and his crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS, no explanation was found in the records of 303BG on their website.

Shot down 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" while serving a Pilot. Aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target at Lorient, France and crashed in to Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA) Crew position determined from crew records of the 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian.

NOTE: Some data COMBINED with an entry by Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Participated in 6 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24607 Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" was assigned 427BS/303BG at Bangor 24-Sep-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft sustained damage from AA fire over the...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • 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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as Pilot of B-17 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS.

Re-assigned to Aircraft Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 21 November 1942

Re-assigned with crew to B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. Reason not found in available 303BG records.

Mission #1, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Killed in Action (KIA) Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained damage from flak and crashed into the sea near Lorient, France. His remains have never been recovered.

Mission #6, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - KIA Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the Bay of Biscay, France and he was killed.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 20:12:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Correcting typo in Re-assigned to aircraft event.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:57:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Made connections to Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:46:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:42:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:39:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:37:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:35:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:31:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:22:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Arrival in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:20:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2016 19:18:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added initial assignmen,t arrivalin UK event, and Operations participation to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 19:51:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and awards
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Jan-2015 Some data COMBINED from a DUPLICATE entry of Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database; Added decorations per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 19:33:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15473; Added Role per 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian; Added Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15473, , Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 66

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