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Eygelshoven

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In October 1943 Breeden was 2nd lieutenant and co-pilot on a B17F from 364th squadron (badge on the right) of the 305th Bomb Group (triangle G) in the 8th USAAF. They flew from US station 105 Chelveston (UK). He flew in the B17 F with regnr 42-3436 / WF-R that arrived new from the factory on September 18th in Chelveston.

Mission 14-10-1943 was # 115 of the 8th USAAF and went to Schweinfurt to bomb the Kugelfischer bearing balls works.

Take off on 14-10-1943 was around 10-10.15 hours from Chelveston.
Crash time and site was on Thursday 14-10-1943 around 13.45 hours.
The tail part landed in Eygelshoven (NL) - the nose part near Finkenrath (G).

Crash cause was rocket- or bulletdamage in nr 2 engine (left wing closest to pilot) caused by the German-Austrian Obfw. Anton-Rudolf Piffer in Focke Wulf 190A of 2.JG 1. It was his 10th ‘victory’.
There were 3 German fighter planes involved of which one was certainly shot down by the gunners from the McDarby crew: the Me-109 of ‘Feldwebel’ (sergeant) Brinkmann that crashed in a field in Chevremont killing him.

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People

  • Donald Breeden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Donald Paul Breeden served as pilot with the 364th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group. His B-17 #423436 was shot down 14 October 1943 over the Netherlands and Breeden was declared Missing in Action (MIA). ...

  • Leonard Henlin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Dominic Lepore

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Robert Wells

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

Aircraft

  • 42-3436 No nick name known

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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01 November 2016 11:55:02 wimhm.slangen Changes to media associations
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01 November 2016 10:24:22 wimhm.slangen Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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01 November 2016 06:50:33 wimhm.slangen Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, person associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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