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Ford L Winchell Jr.

Military

Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24472 was assigned 369BS/306BG Westover 19-August-1942; Thurleigh 2-October-1942. The aircraft was shot down 8-Nov-42 by enemy fighters and AA fire while on a mission to bomb the Actlier d' Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. The...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

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 8 November 1942 – 14 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 14-Jun-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 23:26:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards, events and aircraft associations
Sources

lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014. Added aircraft connection and POW event per MACR 16133 and National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 23:22:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44 , MACR 16133

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