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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-R] Thurleigh "MISS PATRICIA"-5 May 1943. Battle-damaged Tricqueville 26 June 1943 with Lt. Col. James W. Wilson. Co-Pilot Captain Raymond J. Check killed by shrapnel from enemy fighter. Wilson, badly burned; plane was flown back to base by William Cassedy, the plane's regular Co-Pilot, who had filled the post of one of the waist gunners on this flight. Bombardier Lionel Drew had bailed out when he heard the alarm bell sounding and managed to evade capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Crash-landed Exeter, AFSC 27 June 1943, salvaged. Transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-R/X] Bassingbourn 25/9/43. 23m Returned to the USA Tinker 13/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45. CHENNAULT'S PAPPY.



  • 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


  • Milton Blanchette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    27 October 1942 in B-17F-20-BO 41-24508 while flying in a 2 ship low level formation mission, ac hit trees. Pilot R. Check was able to make a safe landing. Blanchette received minor injuries.

  • James Bobbett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Finished tour on 29 June 1943. He was the 22nd EM to complete tour. Transferred to 12RCD on 20 Jul 1943. AM 3OLC, DFC, PH,

  • William Cassedy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    William Cassedy first flew as Copilot on Capt. Raymond Check's crew. On the 26 June 1943 mission to Tricqueville airfield, Cassedy, the plane's regular Co-Pilot, had filled the post of one of the waist gunners on B-17 #42-3172, piloted by Lt. Col....

  • Raymond Check

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    He was assigned to the 303rd BG on approximately 15 April 1942. ...

  • Lionel Drew

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Lionel Drew was Bombardier on the 26 June 1943 mission to the Tricqueville airfield, France, on board B-17 #42-3172. The Fortress was attacked by fighters and the Pilot, Captain Raymond Check (on his 25th and what had to be the last, mission of his...

  • Milton Edwards

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 24 Feb 1943. Completed 25 missions. He was on Raymond Check crew and William P. Cassedy crew. AM 3OLC, PH, DFC,

  • Archie Garrett

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He is considered an original member of group. He was transferred to the Discip. Training Center on 02 Feb 1944. AM 3OLC,

  • Jerry Hooks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to Jim Leach crew. Completed 25 missions on 12 October 1943. He flew missions on William P. Cassedy and Raymond J. Check crews. HE was the 98th EM to complete tour on 08 Oct 1943; then transferred to 1st CCRC 02 Dec 1943. ...

  • James Wilson

    Military | Lieutenant General | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was CO of the 423rd BS from 01 March 1942 to 19 February 1943. Also, was GP Operations Officer 19 February 1943 to 22 June 1943. Flew 17 missions from 09 Oct 1942 to 26 June 1943. He was wounded and returned to the US. October 1943 he became...


  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Battle-damaged 26 June 1943



Date Contributor Update
15 July 2020 13:29:15 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

Roger Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"
306th BG website
Gerald Astor's "The Mighty Eighth"-Chapter VII "The Buildup"
Andy Rooney's "My War"

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log