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Nicholas A Orlando

Military

Orlando flew on the Ragner Carlson crew. He reported to the 306th Bomb group on 21 Nov 1943. On his 15th mission on 22 March 1944, Orlando's aircraft B-17G #42-31524 was damaged by flak and was later attacked by fighters. Orlando and four other crew members bailed out over Osnabruk and were immediately captured as they landed near an enemy airfield. The aircraft managed to limp back on one engine before It crash-landed near Coltishall in Norfolk.

Orlando was taken Prisoner of War (POW), he was imprisoned at Stalag 17B in Austria from 9 April 1944. The camp was evacuated a year later on 8 April 1945 and Orlando was forced to undertake an 18 day march to Braunau, 281 miles away. Orlando was liberated on 3 May 1945, near Weilhart Forest by the 13 Infantry Division. He returned to the US a month later on 3 June 1945, and was honourably discharged on 23 September 1945.

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People

  • Frederick Blum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Ragnar Carlson crew. Reported to group on 18 Nov 1943. He was shot down on his 16th mission. Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 cras ...

  • Phillip Brourman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Ragner Carlson crew. Reported to group on 28 Nov 1943. Became Prisoner of War (POW) 22 March 1944 on Berlin mission. Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524...

  • Ragnar Carlson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 28 Nov 1943. Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 crash-landed at Horsey Gap, Norfolk after four crewman baled out near Vechta, Germany. ...

  • Charles Kester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew 18 1/2 missions [according obituary he was shot down on his 15th mission]. Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 crash-landed at Horsey Gap, Norfolk after four crewman...

  • Anthony Mariani

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    he flew on Ragnar Carlson crew. Reported to group on 28 November 1943. Flew 15 missions. Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 crash-landed at Horsey Gap, Norfolk after...

  • Harry Shutts

    Military | Master Sergeant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 crash-landed at Horsey Gap, Norfolk after four crewman baled out near Vechta, Germany. RTD. ...

  • Salvatore Soscia

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 crash-landed at Horsey Gap, Norfolk after four crewman baled out near Vechta, Germany. RTD.

  • Kenneth Yass

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew 31 missions. Damaged by flak and later attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31524 crash-landed at Horsey Gap, Norfolk after four crewman baled out near Vechta, Germany. RTD. He flew on R. L....

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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

  • 42-31524 Able Mabel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Boise 17/11/43; Kearney 30/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Romulus 6/12/43; Dorval (Canada) 7/12/43; Presque Is 9/12/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-G] Thurleigh 21/1/44; battle damaged Berlin 22/3/44 with Ragnar Carlson, Co-pilot:...

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
Born New York State

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 22:01:57 The Big O Changes to biography
Sources

"From a Boy to a Man" by Richard R Orlando May 2019.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 21:56:24 The Big O Changes to awards
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Delete incorrect entry

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 21:54:42 The Big O Changes to awards
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"From a Boy to a Man" by Richard R Orlando May 2019

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2019 15:25:38 Emily Changes to biography, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Information provided by Richard Orlando, Nicholas Orlando's son, who has undertaken years of research into his father's service.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, First Over Germany pg. 225, Combat Crews pg. 19, NARA, MACR 434, KU 682A Report, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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