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Warren Peter Edris Jr.

Military

1Lt Edris was transferred from the 92nd BG/325th BS on 31 Dec 1942. He was on 1st Lt. Robert P. 'Rip' Riordan crew.
Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/368BS while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was attacked by FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. Aircraft was at the tail end of the low squadron. Only the pilot was lost. Other crew became Prisoner of War (POW)s. According to the book "First Over Germany", Edris evaded for 2 months before capture by Gestapo in Paris.

Service

People

  • Wilton Biggs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/368BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft was attacked by an FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards as Rennes, France. Aircraft was at the tail...

  • Otto Buddenbaum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/368BS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was shot down by FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to attack the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. Aircraft was flying as the "Tail...

  • Robert Guthrie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original member of the group. He flew on Otto Buddenbaum crew. Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/368BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission...

  • Sylvester Horstmann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/368BS while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was attacked by a FW 180 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at RenneS, France. Aircraft was at the tail...

  • Donald Huddle

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/369BS while serving as Right Waist Gunner. The aircraft was attacked by an FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. The aircraft was...

  • Robert Liscavage

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/358BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by an FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. Aircraft was at the...

  • Ernest Moriarty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Enlisted 26 June 1941 and was in the 34th BG Westover Field, MA; went to Pendlton Field, OR from Westover with 34th on transfer. Applied for and sent to AM school Yakima, WA. Finished school and transferred to the 306th at Wendover. ...

  • Robert Riordan

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    369th BS Commanding Officer, 92nd BG Deputy Commander [September 1944]. Third bomb group to go to England. Original plane the 'Wahoo'. Two tours of combat duty [51 missions, 9 were with the 92nd BG]. Many close calls. Visit by King George to see my...

  • Eulis Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514 while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was attacked by an FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. Aircraft was at the tail end of the...

  • Joseph Wilkins

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-17F #41-24514, 306BG/368BS while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was attacked by a FW-190 after Spitfire escort left while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. Aircraft was at the tail end...

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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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24514

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-20-BO 41-24514 was assigned to the 368BS/306BG [BO- ] AT Westover 24-Aug-42; Thurleigh 23-Sep-42; Missing in Action, Rennes 8-Mar-43. Aircraft was on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Renne, France when it was attacked and shot...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

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 Mountain Lakes, NJ, USA 1921
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 29 August 1941
Transferred 31 December 1942

Trasferred to 306BG from 92BG/325BS on 31-Dec-42.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 8 March 1943 – 21 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control 21-Jul-45.

Died Kernersville, NC 27284, USA 29 October 2016

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 08:38:15 ED-BB Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

MACR 6088

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 20:10:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 13:44:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 6088;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.
- Lee Cunningham 30-Jul-2015. Warren P. Endris flagged as DUPLICATE but it really is a completely BOGUS entry because of the misspelling of the name. correct entry is under Warren P. EDRIS.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2016 21:50:38 KD4ITI Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname and events
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Dave Wentzel
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 22:45:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 20-Jul-2015. Corrected German fighter desgination to FW-190 and added target information to Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 22:01:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 30-Jul-2015. Added Decoration and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Made connection to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Summary Biography adding A/C model letter, unit associations and crew position per MACR 6088.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, MACR 6088, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 89, First Over Germany by Russell Strong pp.76-78 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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