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43-38362

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 10/8/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 22/8/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Brown (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Giglio, Navigator: James B. Walden, Bombardier: Jim Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jerold Fann, Radio Operator: Ray Ohm, Ball turret gunner: Sam Abdelnour, Waist gunner: Ernie Hovey, Tail gunner: Joe Bollard (8 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wolfach, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11342. SLEEPY TIME GAL.

As per MACR, crew bailed out over Wolfach, Germany. Unmanned aircraft continued to fly abut 60km westward into France, and crashed in the forest near Fouchy. Information provided by Jean-Luc-Maurer, who excavated the crash site and found conclusive evidence of the aircraft's provenance. (See additional media item)

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Samuel Abdelnour

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-17 Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Raymond Braun crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Shot down on 09 December 1944 mission to Stuttgart flying with Robert Brown on B-17 # 41-23809. Crew bailed out near Wolfach, and aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km...

  • Joseph Bollard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) bailed out on 9 Dec 44 near Wolfach in B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' #4338362. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France.

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 09 Dec 1944 B-17 #43-38362 was shot down by flak. According to KU 3457, Lt. Brown's parachute failed to open when he bailed out near Wolfach. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France. AM 3OLC, PH,

  • Jerrold Fann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Shot down by flak on 9 December 1944 mission to Stuttgart in B-17 #43-38362 "Sleepy Time Gal". Crew bailed out near Wolfach. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near...

  • William Giglio

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. POW Crew bailed out near Wolfach on 9 Dec 44 from B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' #4338362, this was his 35th mission. Flak hit #4 engine and could not feather. Dove to 22,000 ft and when the...

  • Ernest Hovey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. ...

  • James Moore

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier/Nose Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crew bailed out near Wolfach on 9 Dec 44 in B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' #43-38362. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12.

  • Raymond Ohm

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Brown crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. ...

  • James Walden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier / Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    29 missions. Shot down over Stuttgart 6 December 1944 in AC #4338362. POW Stalag Luft I, Barth. Plane was 'Sleepy Time Gal'. He flew on Robert Brown crew. AM w/ 4 OLC/ PH/ POW

Missions

  • 743

    9 December 1944

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Stuttgart, Germany 9 December 1944
Crashed 67220 Fouchy, France 9 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2017 20:06:17 DennisWalden Changes to description
Sources

Additional info provided by Jean-Luc Maurer, who excavated the crash site.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2017 18:54:38 DennisWalden Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Edited my father's name.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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