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Emmett W Ford


B-17F 41-24496 'Chenault's Pappy' on which he was serving as Bombardier was attacked by FW190s on 17-November-1942 after leaving the target area near St. Nazaire. The TTG Aulenbach was killed and 3 crew members were wounded as the plane suffered severe damage. A/C landed at Exeter. 2Lt Ford Returned to Duty (RTD).


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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24496 Chennault's Pappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24496 'Chennault's Pappy' Delivered Great Falls, Montana, force landed Nashville, Tennessee with Jim Dale; repaired & assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-Aug-42; Thurleigh 8-Sep-42. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 20

    17 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 49 B-17s despatched from 91BG (20), 303BG (16) and 306BG (13). Another element of 14 B-24s despatched from 93BG also joins the bombing force on St. Nazaire. The...

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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 19:25:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 27-Nov-2014. Edited description to add his crew position and fact that he was RTD; also made Place and Aircraft connections to & from existing data.

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 19:56:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 3-Nov-2014. Mission connection.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:09 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Volume I by Bishop and Hey p. 46, First Over Germany pg. 48 & 138, Combat Crews pg. 121