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Milton P Blanchette

Military

27 October 1942 in B-17F-20-BO 41-24508 while flying in a 2 ship low level formation mission, ac hit trees. Pilot R. Check was able to make a safe landing. Blanchette received minor injuries.
He was the 15th officer to complete a combat tour. He later worked in Textile sales and died May 7 1998 in Colombia SC.

Service

People

  • 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

    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

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2021 10:36:18 Helen Changes to biography
Sources

306th Echoes Oct '98

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

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey, Vol. 1 p. 40 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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