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Frank J Jacknik

Military

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 thrown clear or managed to scramble out of the aircraft and was captured. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Clyde Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    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...

  • Doyle Dugger

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 27 Mar 1942. He graduated Pilot class 42-B at Brooks AAB, TX. ...

  • James Johnston

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

  • Shedrick Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to the James A. Johnston crew. Reported to group on 19 Jun 1942. ...

  • Thomas McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on James Johnston crew. Reported to the ETO on 01 Jul 1942. ...

  • John Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Right Waist Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F #42-14498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He managed to...

  • Robert Stevenson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Radio Operator 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 was able to scramble...

  • Charles Tipton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Left Waist 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 was unable to get...

  • Fred Zdobylak

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24498 and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He managed to get out of the falling...

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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

  • 41-24471 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. Aircraft was sliced in two and the crew members were trapped in the...

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA 7 October 1915
Lived in Chicago, Illinois, United States 1941
Enlisted Jacksonville Army Airfield, Jacksonville, Florida, United States 22 November 1941

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Prisoner of War (POW) Żagań, Poland 13 January 1943 – 26 May 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan/Zagan, Poland. On the forced march to Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Liberated by Gen. Patton's troops. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 26-May-45

Died Chicago, Illinois, United States December 1978

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2015 14:56:17 ED-BB Changes to service number, events and person associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 15502

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 20:00:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added POW camp, RMC date and map location to POW Event; edited Description with mid-air details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; also reference MACR 15502.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 15502, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 63 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15502 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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