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Henry R Bean

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). The assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 #42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG Maynard 'Snuffy' Smith was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on this day. Bean and 2 others parachuted out of the burning plane and were lost.

Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Service

People

  • Joseph Bukacek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) on May 1, 1943. Assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 #42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. Buka was 1 of 3 who...

  • Robert Folliard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA). May 1, 1943, assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 #42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at...

  • Lewis Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On May 1, 1943, assigned target was the uboat yards at St. Nazaire and a navigational error on return took the group over heavily defended Brest. The B-17 #42-29649 was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. The pilot landed at Cornwall, the BTG...

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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

  • 42-29649

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29649 was delivered at Denver 29-Jan-43; Great Falls 31-Jan-43; Salina 13-Feb-43; Assigned to 423BS/306BG [RD- ] at Thurleigh 24-Mar-43; On 1-May-43 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. On...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 53

    1 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

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 Dos Cabezas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA 11 October 1917
Killed in Action (KIA) France 1 May 1943
Buried Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James, France (Wall of the Missing)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2021 20:08:17 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
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Added an association to Thurleigh, the home base for the 306th BG.

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19 February 2021 20:06:14 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added an association to the 423th BS listed in the A/C #42-29649 description section.

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11 January 2021 22:32:09 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Changed the label of the “Died” event to "Killed in Action (KIA)" per info in the "Summary biography".

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11 January 2021 22:27:48 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
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Added a connection to the 8th AF Bomber Command mission #53 for 1 May 1943.

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12 September 2020 19:37:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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12 September 2020 19:23:52 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Removed the connection to "Maynard H Smith" Co-pilot.

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14 September 2019 03:17:50 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Pilot Lewis P. Johnson,

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14 September 2019 03:03:57 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to a crew member, Joseph S. Bukacek.

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14 September 2019 02:36:59 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C 42-29649.

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14 September 2019 02:13:49 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added birth info to "Born" event per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 56349392.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 205, MACR 0820, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 113-4, 129, 335, First Over Germany by Russell Strong pp. 105-7 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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