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42-31078

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-R] Thurleigh 19/10/43; Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with John Noack, Co-pilot: Bob Schoch, Navigator: Dudley Fay, Bombardier: Hyman Bittman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Wesner, Radio Operator: Mike Gallagher, Ball turret gunner: Duncan Williams, Waist gunner: Albt Sewald, Waist gunner: Ken Smith,Tail gunner: Thurman Smith (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed sea off Emden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1574. (No cheek guns).

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

  • Hyman Bittman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden in B-17 42-31078 11-Dec-43; hit by flak, crashed into sea off Emden. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dudley Fay

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Completed 11 missions. Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31078. Prisoner of War (POW) in Barth, Germany. Flew on the plane named 'JoAnn'. ...

  • Michael Gallagher

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31078, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Noack

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31078 'Bless Them All', Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Robert Schoch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden in B-17 42-31078 11-Dec-43; hit by flak, crashed into sea off Emden. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Albert Sewald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on Robert Hoyt crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden in B-17 42-31078 11-Dec-43; hit by flak, crashed into sea off Emden. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Hoyt crew. Reported to the ETO on 15 Jul 1943. ...

  • Thurman Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Robert Hoyt crew. Reported ot the ETO on 15 Jul 1943. Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4231078. POW at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. AM 2OLC,

  • Frank Wesner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to Raloh Peters crew. Reported to the ETO on 08 Aug 1943. Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4231078. POW at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW, AM,

  • Duncan Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4231078. POW at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. He flew on John Noack and Robert Hoyt crews. Reported to the ETO on 15 Jul 1943. POW, AM 2OLC,

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
Assigned Thurleigh, UK 19 October 1943

Assigned 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Sea off Emden 11 December 1943 – 11 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2021 14:01:14 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1574

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1574 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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