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.
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,...
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.
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,
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....
Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
He was assigned to the 303rd BG on approximately 15 April 1942.
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...
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,
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.
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.
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...
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...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , 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...
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...
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