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Helmuth V Roeder

Military

Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24495 'Rose O'Day' while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). Completed 7 missions. He flew on John McKee crew.

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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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24495 Rose O' Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24495 'Rose O' Day' was assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; Missing in Action 20-Dec- 42 while on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Creil, France...

Missions

  • 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. ...

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 Fayette County, Texas 11 December 1916
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 20 December 1942 – 14 June 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 14-Jun-45.

Died 19 January 2008
Buried Weimar, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 21:34:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to role and biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Correction to service and crew position per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2014 21:13:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 5-Dec-2014. Added crew position to biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added POW event and SN pre National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; Roll of Honor,  Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.55, First Over Germany pg. 56, NARA,

href="http://www.306bg.org/PDFs/jan2009Mweb.pdf">http://www.306bg.org/PDFs/jan2009Mweb.pdf>,

href="http://www.coloradocountyhistory.org/obits/r/rid-ry.htm">http://www.coloradocountyhistory.org/obits/r/rid-ry.htm>, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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