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Leo L Gallegos


17 April 1943 on a mission to Bremen when ac # B17 41-24467 'The Grim Reaper' was damaged by flak before reaching the target. After dropping bombs, 5 fighters attacked the plane. With the plane on fire, Pilot Lally ordered a bail out and the crew made a heroic effort detailed by Strong on pp. 88-89. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIB



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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24467

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Ogden 21/7/42; force landed Hill Fd, Ut 19/8/42 with Ralph Dissaro; damaged at Cheyenne airport with Warren Dean 7/9/42 when brakes failed and it struck a passenger DC-3 owned by Utd Air Lines, rep; Assigned 422BS/305BG Presque Is 19/10/42;...


Event Location Date
Born New Mexico
Died 21 June 1905
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 April 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:28 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 15525; 8th AF News, September 1999, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, First Over Germany pp. 85-92 by R. Strong / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15525 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database