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Loyal M Felts

Military

Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Pilot. Plane crashed 5 miles north of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

Loyal Felts had been President of the Sigma Chapter of the nationwide Theta Chi fraternity in his senior year at Oregon State University.

In March 1944 'The Rattle of Theta Chi' (Vol.XXXII), a yearbook for members of the fraternity, published the following:
'To Those To Whom Tribute is Due...
Gold Stars...
Lt Loyal Felts, Oregon State '38, killed in action over St. Nazaire, France, November 9 1942'

And on the letters page of its June 1944 issue (Vol. XXXII):
'Klamath Falls, Oregon
...Through Theta Chi I knew such grand fellows as Grant Teats, Loyal Felts, and William Grenfell, all of whom were chapter mates at Sigma and are now listed as “killed or missing in action.” To these fellows and to Theta Chi I wish to pay tribute. Murel A. Long, Sigma, ’38.’

Service

People

  • Richard Beers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Bogumill

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Tail Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Andrew Graham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original member of group. He flew on Loyal Felts crew. Completed 4 missions, 1942: 9 October, 7 November, 8 November, 9 November. Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 near St. Nazaire, France while serving as Bombardier. Plane crashed 5...

  • Doane Hage

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the group on 19 Jun 1942. He flew on Loyal M. Felts crew. He was armorer under Lt. Knight in England, then volunteered for gunner slot that became vacant. Completed 4 missions. ...

  • Forrest Hartin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft B-17 41-24491 was shot down 9 November 1942 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Serving as a Navigator on board, 2Lt Forrest Hartin baled out of the stricken aircraft and landed about 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire,...

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft #41-24491 was shot down on a mission to St. Nazaire, France, 9-Nov-42 with 2Lt Jones serving as Co-Pilot. 2Lt Jones managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was captured. (POW)

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 #4124491. Plane crashed in to Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Vonderlieth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24491 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Westcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Radio Operator. Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elden Wright

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Waist Gunner. Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24491

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15 August 194. Based at Thurleigh 13 October 1942. Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France 9 November 1942. 6 KIA, 3 POW, 1 EVD - MACR 6012. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

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
Graduated from Oregon State University Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA 1938
Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 9 November 1942

Killed when aircraft was shot down by AA fire and crashed into the sea near the target.

Buried Saint-James, France 1945

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, Plot O, Row 8, Grave 17.

Enlisted Washington, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2022 21:06:21 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

He earned at least one bronze service star on the EAME Campaign Medal. His entry date is unknown, but the 1942 mission alludes to entering much prior to 7 Dec 1941, which would merit the American Defense Service Medal and time served in active duty after that date would merit the ACM.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 14:26:58 ED-BB Changes to person associations
Sources

Made connections to other crew members

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 14:06:46 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

'The Rattle of Theta Chi' tribute: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WDbPAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=LOYA...

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 13:39:31 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Recorded as a Second Lieutenant on 15 April 1942 in the 303rd Bomb Group roster (http://303rdbg.com/rost-efg.html#F) and as a First Lieutenant in MACR 6012.

ABMC record: http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWII...

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 21:29:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Nov-2014. COMBINED data from duplicate ingest from The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Aircraft , place association, crash & KIA data from MACR 6012; Burial location per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2014 19:15:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6012. American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45 MACR 6012

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