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Irwin Clifford Aaseby


Irwin Aaseby served as a gunner with the 306th Bomb Group from Thurleigh. He was shot down on 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29779 'Bab's Best', bailed out and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was held at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf, near Krems, Austria 48-15.


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


  • 42-29779 BAB'S BEST

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Romulus 10/4/43; Wayne Co 13/4/43; Presque Is 27/4/43; Assigned 19FS/3FG at Meeks Fd, Iceland, o/s runway with P.H. Best 30/4/43; ...

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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Minnesota, USA 18 February 1916
Enlisted Tacoma, WA, USA 3 June 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) 28 July 1943 – 20 June 1945
Died 13 May 1986
Buried Oak Ridge Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, USA


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2016 09:42:58 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations

MACR 124

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Date Contributor Update
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 124 / MACR 124, First Over Germany pg.146, NARA / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database