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42-29744

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-O] Thurleigh 20/4/43; Missing in Action Heligoland Airdome 15/5/43 with Frank Clemons, Radio Operator: John Mulherin, Ball turret gunner: Don Kind, Waist gunner: Reuben Carr, Waist gunner: Emil Miller,Tail gunner: Roy Fries (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Frank Clark, Navigator: Louis Means Wounded in Action, Bombardier: Oran Highley Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Condon (4 Prisoner of War); aircraft downed by enemy aircraft and flak. Crash landed in shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 15512.

Service

Units

  • 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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Reuben Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744 the "Battling-Bee" Piloted by 1Lt. Frank Clemons. Plane crash landed in shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Ger. Unknown if SSGT Carr was able to bail out. Aircraft took direct hit from flak in...

  • James Clark

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744 'Battling Bee'. Plane crashed landed in shallow water near Altenwalde, Ger. Bailed out of aircraft, captured on land near Altenwalde. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft III. POW

  • Frank Clemons

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 42-29744 'Battling Bee'. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, in shallow water. Lt. Clemons was the last to bail out, low altitude and landed in North Sea. Body was recovered from the shore...

  • William Condon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229744. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17 B. POW

  • Roy Fries

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744. Served in Tail Gunner position. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). Remains not recovered. Memorialized on the "Tablets of the Missing" at Margraten,...

  • Oran Highley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F-70-BO [GY-O] #42-29744 "Battling Bee". Plane crashed into shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Ger. Captured at Altenwalde. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3 and moved to work camp Stalag...

  • Donald Kind

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229744. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Louis Means

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He completed 2 missions and was shot down on his third. Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29744. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Due to injuries, he was placed at Navy Hospital at Cuxhaven where his leg was amputated; then...

  • Emil Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744 ''Battling Bee' piloted by 1Lt. Frank Clemons. Plane crashed landed in shallow water between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Ger. Presumed drowned in North Sea. Body was not recovered when aircraft was salvaged by...

  • John Mulherin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229744. 'Battling B 'crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

Places

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea-Neuwerk Island 15 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 00:12:10 kduggin Changes to description
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macr 15512

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 02:23:14 kduggin Changes to description
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MACR15512

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 02:19:47 kduggin Changes to description
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MACR15512

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 02:19:07 kduggin Changes to description
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MACR15512

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 02:16:36 kduggin Changes to mission associations
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MACR 15512

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 05:12:24 kduggin Changes to markings
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367th Combat Diary

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 02:03:41 kduggin Changes to nicknames
Sources

QOM-Louis Means

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15512 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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