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Robert V Folliard

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). 1-May-43, assigned target was the U-boat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG Maynard 'Snuffy' Smith was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on this day. Folliard was one of 3 who parachuted out of the burning plane and were lost.

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Henry Bean

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action. The assigned target was the u-boat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 42-29649 was attacked by fighters and set on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG...

  • Joseph Bukacek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) on May 1, 1943. Assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 #42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. Buka was 1 of 3 who...

  • Lewis Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On May 1, 1943, assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 #42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG...

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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

  • 42-29649

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29649 was delivered at Denver 29-Jan-43; Great Falls 31-Jan-43; Salina 13-Feb-43; Assigned to 423BS/306BG [RD- ] at Thurleigh 24-Mar-43; On 1-May-43 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. On...

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 Queens County, New York 1920

Son of William and Mollie C Folliard.

Enlisted New York City. NY 13 January 1942

New York City. New York

Based Thurleigh 1943 – 1 May 1943

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

Killed in Action (KIA) France 1 May 1943
Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2022 12:10:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310770931
https://www.fold3.com/image/110629012
https://www.fold3.com/record/83519536/robert-v-folliard-wwii-army-enlist...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529897585/robert-v-folliard-american-battle...
https://www.fold3.com/record/717736235/folliard-robert-v-defense-powmia-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56289735/robert-v-folliard

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 20:17:18 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added an association to the 423th BS listed in the A/C #42-29649 description section.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 20:15:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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Added an association to Thurleigh, the home base for the 306th BG.
Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2020 19:31:35 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added KIA event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2020 19:27:13 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Removed the connection to "Maynard H Smith" Co-pilot.

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 03:20:57 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Pilot Lewis P. Johnson,

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 02:56:51 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Joseph S. Bukacek.

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 02:54:14 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Made connections to other crew members.

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2019 02:47:05 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C 42-29649.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology, MACR 0820, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 113-4, First Over Germany by Russell Strong pp. 105-7, ABMC and National Archives links on web sites of National WWII Monument. / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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