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Forrest Dana Hartin

Military

Aircraft B-17 41-24491 was shot down 9 November 1942 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Serving as a Navigator on board, 2Lt Forrest Hartin baled out of the stricken aircraft and landed about 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Six crew members were killed and three were made prisoner. Forrest Hartin was the sole member who managed to evade. He was helped in his evasion of capture by French citizens and French members of the Belgian escape network Comète. After landing in parachute in the area NW of Saint-Nazaire, he was guided and sheltered in many locations in France, among which : Fédrun, Six-Croix, Blain, Nantes, Paris, Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Urrugne. Guided across the Pyrénées mountains during the night of 20 December 1942, he was led to San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid, Sevilla, ultimately reaching Gibraltar on 18 January 1943, from where he was flown back to England on 26 January 1943. See the full story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fhartinfd.html

Service

People

  • Richard Beers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Bogumill

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Tail Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Loyal Felts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Pilot. Plane crashed 5 miles north of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Andrew Graham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original member of group. He flew on Loyal Felts crew. Completed 4 missions, 1942: 9 October, 7 November, 8 November, 9 November. Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 near St. Nazaire, France while serving as Bombardier. Plane crashed 5...

  • Doane Hage

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the group on 19 Jun 1942. He flew on Loyal M. Felts crew. He was armorer under Lt. Knight in England, then volunteered for gunner slot that became vacant. Completed 4 missions. ...

  • Robert Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft #41-24491 was shot down on a mission to St. Nazaire, France, 9-Nov-42 with 2Lt Jones serving as Co-Pilot. 2Lt Jones managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was captured. (POW)

  • Charles Vonderlieth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 #41-24491 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Westcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Radio Operator. Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elden Wright

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24491 while serving as Waist Gunner. Plane crashed 5 miles north-west of St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24491

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15 August 194. Based at Thurleigh 13 October 1942. Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France 9 November 1942. 6 KIA, 3 POW, 1 EVD - MACR 6012. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

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 Massachusetts, United States 22 December 1914
Enlisted Camp Edwards, Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States 3 November 1941

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Evaded Capture Various places in France 9 November 1942 – 18 January 1943

Evaded capture and returned to England on 26 January 1943.

Buried East Cemetery, Manchester, Connecticut, United States 1976
Died Manchester, Connecticut, United States 24 March 1976

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 14:15:44 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and person associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 05
Research for the www.evasioncomete.org website

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 21:54:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Nov-2014. Added evasion event. see prior sources.

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 21:51:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Nov-2014. AIrcraft association: MACR 6012; Evasion event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report #5: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-885.pdf

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2014 19:39:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6012; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report # 05 at: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-05.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor,  Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs  Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45  MACR 6012, First Over Germany pg. 43 & 45-47, E&E 5,

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