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James Cooke Brown


He was an original crew member. He was the 31st Officer to complete tour on 28 Jul 1943. He transferred out on 30 Jul 1943.




  • Frank Armstrong

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding Officer; Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Commanded 97th BG from 31 July 1942 to 27 September 1942. ...

  • Alphonse Maresh

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 04 Apr 1943. He was the 43rd Officer to complete tour of 25 missions. Transferred to the 12th RCD on 05 Sept 1943. ...

  • Ralph Oliver

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Assistant Director of Bombers | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 18 Mar 1942. CO 369th BS from March to December 1942. Assistant Group Ops Officer 6 December to 19 December 1942. Group Ops. Officer from 19 Decmber 1942 to March 19 1943. He retired USAF July 1969. ...

  • Charles Overacker

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Commanding Officer from 18 March 1942 to 4 January 1943. He led the 1st mission to Lille 09 October 1942. Then lead the group to Brest 07 November 1942 and to St. Nazaire 09 November 1942. He was relieved as CO and re-assigned to the 8th AF 04 January...

  • Henry Terry

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was 367th BS pilot [flying only 5 missions from 09 Oct to 20 Nov 1942]; 369th BS CO from 07 Dec 1942 to 22 June 1943; Deputy GP CO 22 June 1943 to 08 August 1943; Transferred to 1CBW as Chief Staff from 08 August 1943 to 17 May 1944; CO 91st BG 17...

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Units served with

  • 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


  • 41-24417 Dixie Demo II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 14/7/42; 97BG 24/8/42; dam 21/10/42; BAD 24/10/42; 369BS/306BG [WW-M] Thurleigh /10/42; ditched North Sea, off Cromer, Nfk., 26/7/43 with Alphonse Maresh, Co-pilot: Bob Hoyt, Navigator: Jim Brown, Bombardier: Art Isaac, Flight...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota


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30 December 2021 20:20:09 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

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12 July 2020 18:36:25 mwaocdoc Changes to aircraft associations

He flew as Navigator with the Alphonse Maresh crew on “Dixie Demo II”

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08 July 2020 02:57:11 mwaocdoc Changes to middlename, awards, person associations, place associations and media associations

My mother's second husband, from her photo album

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27 September 2014 18:14:10 AAM AAM ingest

306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, / / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia