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  • 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,...

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  • Irwin Aaseby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    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,...

  • Albert Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 Mar 1944 on a mission to Erkner, Berlin, B-17F #42-31025 left formation over the target due to the mechanical failure of the #4 engine and on the return was attacked fighters knocking out another engine but was able to return and land at a base...

  • Arthur Adrian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29666 'Dearly Beloved'. Plane ditched into North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30603 'Las Vegas Avenger', Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 OLC, DFC w/ 1 OLC, PH

  • Harold Aiello

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He served from June 1942 to September 1945. He worked with Joe Terrana (crew chief).

  • Harry Alleman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Mack McKay crew. Joined the 306th BG on July 1942. Completed 13 missions by 01 Mar 1943. Departed the ETO on June 1943. He became an instructor at Wash Gunnery School in England for 15 months.

  • Dudley Allen

    Military | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • William Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to the ETO on 28 Apr 1944. He flew on Wilbur O'Brien's crew. ...

  • Harry Alyea

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 3 Jul 1944. He was also E Flight Commander on 22 Oct 1944. Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into North Sea in B-17 #44-8099 due to a mid-air collision. DFC, AM 2OLC, PH,

  • Jack Amery

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • Jack Amrey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Wiesens, Germany after attacks by waves of German fighters while flying as part of the lead squadron targeting Bremen. Pilot Warren and TTG were killed, but other crew members survived and became Prisoner of War (POW)s...

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  • 41-24463

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 16/8/42; took off from Gander (Newfoundland) en route Thurleigh 5-Sep-42 exploded over Atlantic an hour out. (10 KIS) no trace, ditched off Greenland. Missing Air Crew Report 16344. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 41-24509 Miss Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-August-1942, B-17F 41-24509, 'Miss Swoose' was damaged by AA fire between the Initial Point (IP) and the target which resulted in a fire on #3 engine during mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France on 9...

  • 42-102503 'BELLE OF THE BLUE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; slated 96BG, Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; 423BS/306BG [RD-W] Thurleigh 18/5/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Dan Gates, Co-pilot: Ed Jordan, Navigator: John Taylor, Bombardier:...

  • 42-107212

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 6/5/44; Missing in Action Nantes, Fr 15/6/44 with Wilbur O'Brien, Co-pilot: George Price, Bombardier: Bill Uhlhorn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick...

  • 42-29524 'MEAT HOUND'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/12/42; Salina 7/1/43; Morrison 2/12/43; Homestead 14/2/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-D] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-K] Molesworth 30/7/43; 25m Missing in Action Oschersleben 26/1/44 with Jack Watson (RTD-alone),...

  • 42-29631 Unmentionable

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29631 'Unmentionable' was delivered Cheyenne 18-Jan-43; Salina 3-Feb-43; Morrison 25-Feb-43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD- ] Thurleigh 25-Mar-43; shot down 17-Apr-43 by enemy aircraft, crashed near Bruchhausen-Vilsen, Germany while on a mission to...

  • 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...

  • 42-29666 Dearly Beloved

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-29666 'Dearly Beloved' was delivered at Cheyenne 30-Jan-43; Salina 14-Feb-43; Barksdale 22-Feb-43; Morrison 5-Mar-43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-O] Thurleigh 25-Mar-43; 2 21-May-43 Aircraft sustained damage from flak over the target of the port...

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Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 23:59:37 pamccolgan Changes to media associations

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29 May 2017 19:03:52 BobPitts Changes to aircraft associations

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27 February 2015 15:01:11 rossingtonj Changes to type

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)