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44-8652

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/11/44; Hunter 12/12/44; Dow Fd 17/12/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG Thurleigh 6/1/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/7/46. DRIVE IT HOME!

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Albert Bowley

    Military | Major | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Graduated from West Point in June 1943 as a pilot and 2nd Lt. with a bachelor of science degree. He completed 22 missions as Aircraft Commander. Shot down over Cologne, Germany 10 January 1945. Crash landed behind friendly lines near Le Guesnoy, France...

  • Kenneth Carakostas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He 35 missiosn. Last mission was on 07 April 1945. DFC, AM w 5 Oak Leaf Cluster, EAMEC, WWII VM

  • Renato Iafrate

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Competed 35 combat missions AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ GC/ EAME w/ 3 battle stars

  • Melvin Loes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Melvin "Moon" Loes volunteered for service in 1943 and joined his crew in Tampa in 1944. He arrived into England on 23 November 1944. On his second mission, his crew lost 2 of 4 engines and made an emergency landing in France. Moon completed 27...

  • Lowell Mikles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Completed 29 missions from 1944-1945. He was discharged October 1946. Returned to Arkansas and joined Army National Guard in 1947. He was moblized in 1950 and served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired July 1967 at Ft. Sill, OK. Mikles was afterwards a...

  • Oliver Minihane

    Military | Major | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    may have changed the spelling of his name from Olivor Moynihane prior to the war. Appears to have become a naturalized US citizen in 1940. He retired from the Reserve in 1982. A graduate of St John's University he had his own advertising agency in...

  • Andrew Ness

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Completed 30 missions from 30 December 1944 to 6 May 1945, his last three missions were Special Missions which dropped leaflets. 'Drive It Home' name of his crew's B-17. Flew on Harvey B. Ryder crew. The navigator, pilot and Ness had been together...

  • Harvey Ryder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Donald Snook

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Completed 26 missions [21 combat, 5 non-combat leaflet] from 27 Feb 1945 to 08 May 1945. He departed the group 19 July 1946. AM 2Oak Leaf Cluster,

  • John Stright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Armorer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 13 Dec 1944. He flew on Harvey Ryder crew. February 1, 1945 -- Berlin -- Planes were coming out Berlin from the raid as we were flying in. January 1, 1945 -- Ran out of fuel -- had to land in France. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Missions

  • 821

    6 February 1945

  • 833

    16 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 843

    23 February 1945

  • 849

    26 February 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 869

    7 March 1945

  • 883

    12 March 1945
    Heavies Hit Near Rhine, Along Baltic ...

  • 889

    15 March 1945

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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
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 16 November 1944
Assigned Thurleigh Airfield, UK 6 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 23:59:48 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://306bgus.apollohosting.com/Search/search%20aircraft.php?AC=44-8652

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 23:31:55 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_16.html

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 23:30:58 466thHistorian Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 296

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 16:17:24 ssma43 Changes to person associations
Sources

306th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 16:15:02 ssma43 Changes to media associations
Sources

306th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2020 16:01:26 ssma43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

306th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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