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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 5/2/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-H] Thurleigh 17/4/43 LITTLE AUDREY;

Transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-B] Molesworth 25/9/43; 4m Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Roy Sanders, Co-pilot: Henry Nogash, Navigator: Gordon Wood, Bombardier: Philip Peed, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Rozek, Radio Operator: Jim Trest, Ball turret gunner: Mathias Kremer, Waist gunner: Riker Smith, foto-Wallace Martin (9 Prisoner of War), Waist gunner: Martin Carll, Tail gunner: Alf Cockrun (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft struck with Me rocket, crashed Bamberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 907. JOAN OF ARC.



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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,...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • Carroll Briscoe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. He was the 35th Officer to complete 25 missions. Reported on 05 Feb 1945 with the 2AF weather scouts. Retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 1972. ...

  • Martin Carll

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29477 'Joan of Ark', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alfred Cockrum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29477 'Joan of Arc', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Hickey

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    John Hickey flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew from January 1943 to July 1943. He joined Briscoe's crew as it was formed in Boise, Idaho in August 1942. Reported to the ETO on 15 Jan 1943. He also served in the 2nd Bomb Wing (Col. LeMay's) July-Aug 1943 as...

  • Mathias Kremer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    1st five missions early easy and then Schweinfurt pure hell. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29477 'Joan of Arc', Prisoner of War (POW). AM/ ETO/ PH/ POW

  • David MacGhee

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew 25 missions during WWII on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. Became squadron commander from 18 May to 13 Aug 1943. He was the 34th Officer to complete tour. Transferred to the 11th CCRC on 13 Aug 1943. During the Korean War...

  • Wallace Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29477 'Joan of Ark', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Allan Meaux

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew on Ed Hennessy's, Clay E. Isbell's, William Casey's and Dale Briscoe's crews. Flew missions from June 1942 to September 1943. He also was assigned in the 9th AF after the 306th and completed about 35 missions. DFC, 5-Bronze Medals

  • Edward Murphy

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Joined the group on 15 May 1943. Flew 10 missions as a copilot on with Dale Briscoe and 15 missions as pilot with his own crew. His last mission was on 30 January 1944. Overall, he completed 25 missions.

  • Henry Nogash

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29477 'Joan of Ark', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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  • 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...


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 3 January 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF.

Assigned Thurleigh, Bedford MK44, UK 17 April 1943

Assigned 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Old Weston, Huntingdon PE28 0QB, UK 25 September 1943

Transferred 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bamberg, Germany 14 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt. Hit by rocket from a Me 210 fighter knocking off elevator and rudder. It went down with a fire between the #3 and #4 engines and crashed near Bamburg, Germany. 9 x POW, 2 x KIA. MACR 907. 14-Oct-43.


Date Contributor Update
19 May 2022 08:18:18 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 22:34:02 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #115 for 14 Oct 1943.

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2017 19:19:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 04:53:46 cameronmartz Changes to nicknames

My grandfather flew this plane on 10 missions. I have all of his official mission reports.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 907 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database