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Marvin L Bartlett


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17F 42-30813 'Queen Jeannie' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Baled out of stricken aircraft before it crashed near Dorne, Belgium and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW).



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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30813 Queen Jeannie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-30813 "Queen Jeannie" was delivered Cheyenne 31-Jul-43; Seattle 1-Aug-43; Cheyenne 2-Aug-43; Scott 10-Aug-43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-L] Thurleigh 2-Sep-43; Missing in Action 14-Oct-43 on mission to bomb the ball bearing factories at...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 14 October 1943 – 12 July 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 12-Jul-45.


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2020 19:56:35 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added a connection to Stalag 17B per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2015 22:15:33 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 11-Feb-2015. Confirmed crew position and SN per MACR 820; added POE event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA )WWII database; Added crew position and details to Biography per 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 820 / MACR 820, First Over Germany pg. 171 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database