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Irwin R Efird


Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229806. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down on his 5th mission. He was in Stalag Luft III. From a letter he wrote to his parents in 1943: 'We were shot down up over the North Sea and had to ditch the plane which broke up on impact. Luckily I managed to get the one good dingy and picked up four of the crew members, I was the only uninjured one. Lt. Fields and Lt. Clausen were drowned- I'm afraid. I know this is horrible, but I must tell you then perhaps I can forget it. Later we were fortunate enough to be picked up by a German flying boat, and I am now a prisoner of war in Germany. '



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29806

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-T] Thurleigh 19/5/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 21/5/43 with Floyd Field, Navigator: Dick Clausen, Radio Operator: Phil Zimmerman, Ball turret...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) North Sea 21 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:32 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 16018, First Over Germany pg. 119 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16018 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database