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41-24516

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 368BS/306BG Westover 24-August-42; Gander, Nfd 6-September 1942, ditched Lough Foyle, N.I. near Magilligan Point, Londonderry, 6-September-1942 en route Prestwick, then Thurleigh. Down in shallow water, crew walked ashore (10RTD) Written off 31-October 44. MELTIN’ POT. No MACR.

P Capt William (Curtis) Melton (RTD); CP Alexander Kramarinko (RTD)
N 2Lt Charles L. Grimes (RTD) B Robert T. Levy (RTD)
E/TTG SSgt William L. Cherry (RTD); RO Mahlon E. Snover (RTD)
BTG SSgy Leland J. Kessler (RTD) WG Gilbert G. Shoemaker (RTD)
TG SSgt Ernest P Garland (RTD); PASS 2Lt Jesse L.Wilburn (RTD)

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,...

People

  • William Cherry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    While serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24516 the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • Ernest Garland

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 -September-1942 B-17F 41-24516 "Meltin' Pot' lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. William Melton landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • Charles Grimes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6-September-1942 while serving as Navigator of B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • Leland Kessler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 September 1942 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin' Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland and was ditched off of Magilligan Point, Northern Ireland. The aircraft came down in...

  • Alexander Kramarinko

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6-September-1942 while serving as Co-Pilot of B-17 #41-24516 'Meltin' Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • Robert Levy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 Sept 1942 while serving as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • William Melton

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 Sept 1942 B-17F 41-24516 "Meltin' Pot' lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Then Captain Melton landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. Plane was lost to high tide. He later flew 35 missions with the...

  • Gilbert Shoemaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6-September-1942 while serving as a gunner on B-17 41-24516 'Meltin' Pot' the aircraft lost two engines while en-route from Newfoundland to Thurleigh and was ditched into the sea off of Magilligan Point, Northern Ireland. The aircraft came down in...

  • Mahlon Snover

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    While serving as Radio Operator on 6-September-1942 aboard B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. ...

  • Jesse Wilburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    6 Sept 1942 B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin' Pot' lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland. Landed in shallow water and all crew members walked ashore. Lt Wilburn is shown as a passenger on the flight.

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
Ditched Magilligan Point, Limavady, Limavady BT49, UK 6 September 1942

Aircraft lost two engines en-route to Thurleigh and was ditched into the sea near Magilligan Point, Northern Ireland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 23:55:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to person associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Nov-2014, "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 21:59:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to manufacturer
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Nov-2014 Mfg added.

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 21:58:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Nov-2014, "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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