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Martin M Barthe


Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24486 "Man O' War" while serving as Tail Gunner. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).


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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24486 Man O' War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24486 "Man O' War" assigned 306BG/367BS Westover 17-August-42; Thurleigh 13-October-1942; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. 9-Nov-1942. Hit by flak KO’d #2, with two others damaged, crashed into the...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 9 November 1942

Killed when aircraft was shot down and crashed into the harbour at St. Nazaire, France. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
03 March 2021 22:05:14 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2014 22:15:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Nov-2014. Made aircraft association and added KIA event per MACT 16172; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2014 18:40:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 13-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16172. American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:44 AAM AAM ingest

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 16172