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Henry R Bean

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). The assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG Maynard 'Snuffy' Smith was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on this day. Bean and 2 others parachuted out of the burning plane and were lost. .

Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Service

People

  • Joseph Bukacek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) on May 1, 1943. Assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. Buka 3 parachuted...

  • Robert Folliard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). May 1, 1943, assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at...

  • Lewis Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On May 1, 1943, assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG...

  • Maynard Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group

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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,...

Aircraft

  • 42-29649

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29649 was delivered at Denver 29-Jan-43; Great Falls 31-Jan-43; Salina 13-Feb-43; Assigned to 423BS/306BG [RD- ] at Thurleigh 24-Mar-43; On 1-May-43 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. On...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dos Cabezas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA 11 October 1917
Died 1 May 1943
Buried Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James, France (Wall of the Missing)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 03:17:50 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Pilot Lewis P. Johnson,

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 03:03:57 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to a crew member, Joseph S. Bukacek.

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 02:36:59 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C 42-29649.

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 02:13:49 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added birth info to "Born" event per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 56349392.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 205, MACR 0820, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 113-4, 129, 335, First Over Germany by Russell Strong pp. 105-7 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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