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42-5306

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/11/42; New Castle 9/12/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-P] Thurleigh 1/1/43; in taxi accident at base with Warren Grey 27/6/43; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 25/9/43; Missing in Action Pas De Calais 28/2/44 with Noel Shoup, Co-pilot: Jim Litherland, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Bragg, Radio Operator: Don Harrison, Ball turret gunner: Bill Hostetter, Waist gunner: Bob Gribble, Tail gunner: Harry Ross (7 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Chas McLain, Waist gunner: Nick Asvestos (ret UK mid May ‘44) (2 evaded capture), Navigator: Byron Clark (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed between Ler Translay & Wiammeville, eight miles SW of Abbeville, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2863.

Made 3 spirals out of control after being hit by flak at 11,000 ft. The left wing came off and the aircraft exploded in mid-air and crashed at 14.39 hrs between Le Translay & Wiammeville, 8 miles SW of Abbeville, France. MACR 2863.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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

    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,...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Nick Asvestos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. EVD. MACR 2863 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ben Bragg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Byron Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. On 26-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, B-17 42-5177 'Fast Worker Mk II' was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD. ...

  • William Futchik

    Military | Captain | Crew Chief / Engineering officer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew chief on aircraft 42-5306. Returned to the states December 1943 and attended Officer Candidate School. He later returned to Europe as an engineering officer. Awards: LOM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Warren Grey

    Military | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Robert Gribble

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Donald Harrison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM, PH

  • William Hostetter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • James Litherland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bois-Coquered in B-17F 42-5306; Shot down by flak and crashed SW of Abbeville 28-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2863 Awards: AM (OLC), PH

  • Charles McClain

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30+missions. On 26-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, B-17 42-5177 'Fast Worker Mk II' was attacked by ME109 and made emergency landing at Attlebridge, Norfolk. RTD ...

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Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 16 November 1942

Delivered Tulsa AAF 16-Nov-42.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 1 January 1943

Assigned 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Thurleigh, UK 27 June 1943

Taxi accident at base with Warren Grey 27-Jun-43.

Assigned Molesworth, UK 25 September 1943

Transferred 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed SW of Abbeville, France 28 February 1944 – 28 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) De Calais 28/2/44;flak, crashed between Ler Translay & Wiammeville, eight miles SW of Abbeville, Fr. MACR 2863.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 20:45:30 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2019 15:53:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28742885?terms=42-5306
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5306/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2863 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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