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Samuel E Abdelnour


He flew on Raymond Braun crew. Reported to group on 17 Jul 1944. Shot down on 09 December 1944 mission to Stuttgart flying with Robert Brown on B-17 # 41-23809. Crew bailed out near Wolfach, and aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France. POW at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12.




  • James Walden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier / Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    29 missions. Shot down over Stuttgart 6 December 1944 in A/C #43-38362. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany. Plane was 'Sleepy Time Gal'. He flew on the Robert Brown crew. AM w/ 4 OLC, PH, POW.

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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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38362 Sleepytime Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 10/8/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-K] Thurleigh 22/8/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Brown (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Giglio, Navigator: James B. Walden, Bombardier: Jim Moore,...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Cohoes, New York, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 6 December 1944

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12

Died 21 June 1983
Buried Albany, New York


Date Contributor Update
22 December 2021 18:31:26 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations

Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 21:54:46 jmoore43 Changes to awards

Corrected the awards per info n the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2021 20:17:28 Hotelie1970 Changes to role and awards

GENERAL ORDER # 618, 13 December 1944, from Headquarters 1 Bomb Division by Brigadier General Turner.

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2018 00:53:38 DennisWalden Changes to biography

Bio update

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:58 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / First Over Germany pg. 294; Combat Crews pg. 11; 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, MACR 11342 / MACR 11342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /