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Eugene A Lanning


Prisoner of War (POW). 17 April 1943 on a mission to Bremen when ac # B17 41-24467 'The Grim Reaper' was damaged by flak before reaching the target. After dropping bombs, 5 fighters attacked the plane. With the plane on fire, Pilot Lally ordered a bail out and the crew made a heroic effort detailed by Strong on pp. 88-89. On the WWII Memorial site has an entry fromhis wife that cites that he filled in for an ill radio operator on the mission and knew no one on the plane. Her entry also states that after bailout, he was shot in the thigh. NARA Prisoner of War (POW) records that he was a prisoner in Stalag 17B.



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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24467

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Ogden 21/7/42; force landed Hill Fd, Ut 19/8/42 with Ralph Dissaro; damaged at Cheyenne airport with Warren Dean 7/9/42 when brakes failed and it struck a passenger DC-3 owned by Utd Air Lines, rep; Assigned 422BS/305BG Presque Is 19/10/42;...


Event Location Date
Born Beloit, Wisconsin
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 April 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:21 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 15525, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, First Over Germany pp. 85-92 by R. Strong. , WWII Memorial web site, NARA POW web site / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15525 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database