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42-3214

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/3/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-F] Thurleigh 5/5/43; transferred 368BS [BO-F]; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 21/5/43 with Max Judas, Navigator: Jim Cummings, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leland Kessler, Radio Operator: Joe Graziano, Waist gunner: Gerry Stroud, Waist gunner: Elwood Brotzman,Tail gunner: John Geimer (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Frank Arrison, Bombardier: Foster Daniels, Ball turret gunner: Roy LaBlanche (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Waddwwarden, near Emden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 16173.

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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Arrison

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

  • Roy Blanche

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Elwood Brotzman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was later a dairy farmer in Pennsylvania. He died October 2001 from complications following surgery.

  • James Cummings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #423214. Prisoner of War (POW). May 19, 1943, was in B-17 42-29786 which crashed at Dunsby in a training accident. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work...

  • Foster Daniels

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-3214, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • John Geimer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #423214. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Graziano

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original member of the group. Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #423214 piloted by Maxwell V. Judas. POW. May 19, 1943, was in B-17 42-29786 which crashed at Dunsby in a training accident. POW at S POW

  • Maxwell Judas

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the group. He was assigned to Otto Buddenbaum crew. ...

  • 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...

  • Gerald Stroud

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16173 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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