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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 30/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-Y] Thurleigh 25/4/44; battle damaged Ueskirchen, Ger 10/1/45 with ?; crash landed Hombeck, Bel; Salvaged 28/1/45. ICE COLD KATIE.



  • 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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • William Thompson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Served from 28 July '43 to 8 Aug '45. Participated in D-Day's First Mission. DFC, Air Medal w 3Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME medal

  • Andrew Tolmachoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Andrew Tolmachoff was the youngest of eleven children born to Russian immigrant parents. After graduating from high school he had aspirations to be a major league baseball pitcher but the bombing of Pearl Harbor ended that dream. After enlisting...

  • John Wright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew a total of 30 missions from 17 July 1944 to 16 November 1944. He flew on Alfred Johansen crew. B-17 "Ice Cold Katie" was the ship he originally flew on. Reported to ETO on 08 Jul 1944. Departed Nov 1944. DFC; Air Medal w 3/olc, EAME Ribbon


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
16 December 2021 20:10:33 jmoore43 Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added the Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log