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James Kenneth Laubach

Military

Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Glynn Daufney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Nathan Douglas

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Roy Eriksson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: PH

  • William Horan

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM (OLC), PH

  • Wallace Ingianni

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner and Spot Jammer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wilsnack in B-17 #43-38803 ...

  • Theodore Pappadopoulos

    Military | Sergeant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: PH.

  • Boyce Scruggs

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Sybert

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13877. Awards: AM, PH

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Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38803

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 23/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-O] Thurleigh 17/10/44; transferred 305BG Chelveston 4/12/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Jim Laubach, Boyce Scruggs, Theo Pappadopoulous, Roy Eriksson, Bill Horan,...

Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Berwick, Pennsylvania 26 May 1917

Son of Freas and Atta M [Smith] Laubach.

Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 31 January 1943

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Based Thurleigh 1944 – 10 April 1945

Assigned 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wilsnack, Germany 10 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 KIA MACR 13877

Buried Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, Columbia County, PA 25 July 1950

Re-Interred
Chapel Lawn
Elan Memorial Park
Lime Ridge, Columbia County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 20:07:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29433303
https://www.fold3.com/image/541541335
https://www.fold3.com/record/83301246-james-k-laubach
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54884553/james-k-laubach

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2017 21:17:54 Iggy Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MARC Report

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13877

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