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Bernard P Papeika

Military

Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft shot down by AA fire and crashed into the sea near the target, St. Nazaire, France, Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

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

  • 41-24509 Miss Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-August-1942, B-17F 41-24509, 'Miss Swoose' was damaged by AA fire between the Initial Point (IP) and the target which resulted in a fire on #3 engine during mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France on 9...

Missions

  • 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...

Events

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

Killed by AA fire. Aircraft crashed into the sea near St. Nazaire, France. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2021 22:00:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 19:20:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 26-Nov-2014. Edited description and KIA event per MACR 16010; added Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 21:02:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report 16010; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16010 / MACR 16010,Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45, First Over Germany pg. 43-44, http://www.wwiimemorial.com / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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