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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Morrison 20/3/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-M] Thurleigh 5/5/43; Missing in Action Emden 21/5/43 with Martin Wieand, Co-pilot: Bill Moore, Navigator: Fred McGuidwin, Bombardier: Bill Braden, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Willard Hoff, Radio Operator: Ed Via, Ball turret gunner: Russ Hutchins, Waist gunner: Ed Lutkehuas, Waist gunner: Lee Gossett,Tail gunner: Ray Raddatz (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft. crashed North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 15096.



  • 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...

  • Edward Lutkehaus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #4229834 'Easy Aces. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • 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
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log