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Harold D Greiner

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On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third.

The crew jettisoned their equipment and dropped their bombs to stay airborne, but they were soon forced to find a place to crash in Belgium.

The pilot and his and co-pilot were strapped in up front and the rest of the crew crouched down in the radio area at the back of the plane while they crash landed in Ciney, Belgium. A few members of the crew suffered minor injuries, unlike several of the fences they destroyed while going down.

Upon landing they discovered that the Germans had fortunately left the area five days earlier. The crew made their way to an Army hospital where their wounds were treated, then hitchhiked to Paris on a weapons carrier.

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People

  • Thomas Carruth

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Anthony Chong

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Wayne Ehlers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    On his 24th mission on 13 September in 1944 Ehler's plane was hit by flak, which knocked out 2 engines, and a 3rd was leaking oil. ...

  • Robert Hagen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions on 'Take Me Home'. On 13 September 1944 Hagen flew as an observer, performing the duties of a tail gunner, when his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third....

  • John Kozuszko

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Robert Layton

    Military | Captain | Operations Officer, Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 Layton's aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Raymond McCarthy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Jack Morgan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

  • Lloyd Shaeffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    On 13 September 1944 his aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Merseberg, the damage took out two engines, and oil was leaking from a third. ...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38057 Flak Rabbit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43/ Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 26/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-K] Kimbolton 18/3/44; sal 2 SAD 10/11/44.

  • 43-37755 Everybody's Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 4/6/44 ...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 13 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2018 15:10:26 Emily Changes to nickname, role, biography, events and person associations
Sources

Recollections in Wayne Ehler's record

https://halifaxjd371kno.com/index.php/sovet-b-17g-43-37755-everybodys-ba...

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 00:49:28 M Reagan Changes to unit associations
Sources

Personal records of fellow crew member Kinsey S. Reagan.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 00:47:09 M Reagan Changes to unit associations
Sources

Personal records of fellow crew member Kinsey S. Reagan.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 00:32:16 M Reagan Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Personal records of fellow crew member Kinsey S. Reagan.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 00:29:38 M Reagan Changes to highest rank and role
Sources

Personal records of fellow crew member Kinsey S. Reagan

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 00:28:33 M Reagan Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname and nationality
Sources

Personal records of fellow crew member Kinsey S. Reagan.

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