Ehle H Reber

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
First Lieutenant Ehle H. Reber and Captain Lloyd R. Cole, both of the 303rd Bomb Group, relax in Reber's quarters. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 25 Jan 1943.' [stamp] and '245295.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'How the boys live and work at Flying Fortress Station in England. Wide World Photo shows: 1st Lieut. Ehle H. Reber, Malin, Oregon (left) and Captain Lloyd R. Cole, Winchester, KY. In Reber's quarters, which, as you see, he's turned into a

Object Number - FRE 1041 - First Lieutenant Ehle H. Reber and Captain Lloyd R. Cole, both of the 303rd Bomb Group, relax in Reber's quarters. Image stamped on reverse:...

1-May-1942 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar". Apparently he and his crew were re-assigned to B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS, no explanation was found in the records of 303BG on their website.

Shot down 23-Jan-43 in B-17F 41-24607 [GN-W] "Jerry JinX" while serving a Pilot. Aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target at Lorient, France and crashed in to Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA) Crew position determined from crew records of the 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian.

NOTE: Some data COMBINED with an entry by Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Participated in 6 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events.

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39006503
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O726995
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14072775
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6274614
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19093161
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Jerry Jinx & What's Up Doc?
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.
  • Date: 12 December 1942
  • Official Description: 17 HBs bomb Rouen-Sotteville M/Y. Bad weather prevents large attack planned for air installations at Romilly-sur-Seine.
  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 Killed when aircraft sustained damage from flak and crashed into the sea near Lorient, France. His remains have never been recovered.

Buried

Commemorated

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Other

Assigned to Aircraft

Boise, ID, USA 1942-05-01 Assigned as Pilot of B-17 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1942-10-25 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS.

Other

Mission #1, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1942-11-22 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 1942-12-06 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Rouen, France 1942-12-12 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 1942-12-20 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced him to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #5, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS

Lille, France 1943-01-13 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #6, 1LT Ehle H. Reber, w/B-17F 41-24607, 303BG/427BS - KIA

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the Bay of Biscay, France and he was killed.

Other

Re-assigned to Aircraft

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1942-11-21 Re-assigned with crew to B-17F 41-24607 "Jerry JinX", 303BG/427BS. Reason not found in available 303BG records.

Born

Bieber, CA 1920-01-30 Son of John Rudolph and Beulah [Smith] Reber.

Died

Baltic Sea 1943-01-23

Revisions

Date20 Sep 2021 19:33:46
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date7 Feb 2016 20:12:00
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Correcting typo in Re-assigned to aircraft event.

Date7 Feb 2016 19:57:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Made connections to Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date7 Feb 2016 19:46:59
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 19:42:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 19:39:34
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 19:37:04
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 19:35:06
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 19:31:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date7 Feb 2016 19:22:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Arrival in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date7 Feb 2016 19:20:11
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date7 Feb 2016 19:18:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Feb-2016. Added initial assignmen,t arrivalin UK event, and Operations participation to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Ehle H. Reber crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-reber.html

Date23 Jan 2015 19:51:57
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 23-Jan-2015 Some data COMBINED from a DUPLICATE entry of Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database; Added decorations per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date23 Jan 2015 19:33:49
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15473; Added Role per 303rd Bomb Group website, Gary Moncur, historian; Added Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:46
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15473, , Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 66

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