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Joseph T Zymanek


He flew on Harold Mattson crew. Reported to the ETO on 25 Oct 1944.
KIA in B-17 #44-8446 on 10 Jan 1945.




  • David Koubeck

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    David Koubeck was Tail Gunner on board B-17 44-8446 of the 306th Bomb Group / 369th Bomb Squadron when it was hit by Flak on the 10 January 1945 mission to Gymnich, Germany. Dave was wounded and was immediately arrested in the Köln (Cologne) area....

  • Roy Kruger

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Roy Kruger reported to the ETO on 25 October 1944. He was Co-Pilot to 2nd Lt Harold C. Mattson on the 10 January 1945 mission to Gymnich / Köln, Germany in B-17 # 44-8446. ...

  • Harold Mattson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Harold Wattson arrived at the ETO on 25 October 1944. He was Pilot on the mission to Gymnich / Köln on 10 January 1945 in B-17 #44-8446. Mattson was flying as the deputy leader to James A. McKinney. His B-17 was caught in the Flak barrage and when last...

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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


  • 44-8446 Bahama A. Abel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 18 September 1944; Hunter 9 October 1944; Dow Field 18 October 1944; Assigned 369BS/306BG [GY-A] Thurleigh 26 November 1944. Missing in Action Gymnich, Germany on 10 January 1945 with Pilot Harold C. Mattson; Co-Pilot Roy J. Kruger;...


Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, New York, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 10 January 1945
Died 10 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 20:54:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11746 / MACR 11746, First Over Germany pg. 299-300, Russell Strong Index Cards, 306th BGA Collection / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /