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Milton Brent Edwards


Reported to group on 24 Feb 1943. Completed 25 x missions. He was on Raymond Check crew and William P. Cassedy crew.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Post war Milton was a building contractor in Florida. He died 28 July 1992 following a long period of ill health.



  • William Cassedy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    William Cassedy first flew as Copilot on Capt. Raymond Check's crew. On the 26 June 1943 mission to Tricqueville airfield, Cassedy, the plane's regular Co-Pilot, had filled the post of one of the waist gunners on B-17 #42-3172, piloted by Lt. Col....

  • Lionel Drew

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Lionel Drew was Bombardier on the 26 June 1943 mission to the Tricqueville airfield, France, on board B-17 #42-3172. The Fortress was attacked by fighters and the Pilot, Captain Raymond Check (on his 25th and what had to be the last, mission of his...

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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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3172 Chennault's Pappy III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-R] Thurleigh "MISS PATRICIA"-5 May 1943. Battle-damaged Tricqueville 26 June 1943 with Lt. Col. James W. Wilson. Co-Pilot Captain Raymond J. Check killed by shrapnel from enemy...

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
Born Fairfield, Maryland 3 November 1912
Enlisted Baltimore, MD 5 June 1941

Baltimore, Maryland

Based Thurleigh 24 February 1943 – 1943

Assigned to 423BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 28 July 1992
Buried Union Cemetery Burtonsville, Montgomery County, MD August 1992

Union Cemetery
Burtonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 12:08:09 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 11:17:03 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes October 1992

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 16:13:38 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:16 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, First Over Germany pg. 109 & 146, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /