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Lt. Carroll Dayle Briscoe flying the Joan of Arc (42-29477), the plane his crew became known for. 1943



  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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


  • Carroll Briscoe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    He reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. He was the 35th Officer to complete 25 missions. Reported on 05 Feb 1945 with the 2AF weather scouts. Retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 1972. ...

  • John Hickey

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier
    John Hickey flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew from January 1943 to July 1943. He joined Briscoe's crew as it was formed in Boise, Idaho in August 1942. Reported to the ETO on 15 Jan 1943. He also served in the 2nd Bomb Wing (Col. LeMay's) July-Aug 1943 as...

  • David MacGhee

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Flew 25 missions during WWII on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. Became squadron commander from 18 May to 13 Aug 1943. He was the 34th Officer to complete tour. Transferred to the 11th CCRC on 13 Aug 1943. During the Korean War...

  • John Roller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 9143. Completed 7 missions. He was severely wounded on 01 May 1943 St. Nazaire mission. He received a medical discharge in August 1944. ...

  • Victor Rose

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    He flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Flew missions from January to July 1943. He was the 50th enlisted men to complete tour on 10 Jul 1943. He also served with the 29th BG/6th BS in the 20th AF flying B-29s. AM 3OLC, PH, DFC,

  • Fred Sherman

    Military | Colonel | Pilot & Co-Pilot
    He was the 32nd officer to complete a 25 mission tour. Joined group in 15 January 1943. He flew 13 missions as C. Dale Briscoe's Co-pilot and then received his own crew in May 1943. He flew the JERAVAD "Un Petite Peu." His last mission was on 28...

  • Edward Traynor

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    He flew on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 1943.



  • VIII Bomber Command 47

    28 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville are the primary target. 79 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (22); 303BG (18); 305BG (19); 306BG (20). Of the 79 B-17's despatched 70 are effecrive on the target. One B-17 is MIA and 9 are damaged. The bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 04:52:17 cameronmartz Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

My grandfather flew this plane on 10 missions. I have all of his official mission reports.