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42-31758

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Billings 17/12/43; Gr Island 27/12/43; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-F] Thurleigh 3/3/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Capt John Stoltz, Co-pilot: Bill Rutherford, Navigator: Allen Ballard, Bombardier: Tom Cliney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arnold Springer, Radio Operator: John Miller, Ball turret gunner: Farris Rashid, Waist gunner: Herb Wooten, Waist gunner: Alby Gentile, Tail gunner: Lt Bill Leiser (10 INT); battle damaged KOd #2 and #3, force landed Dubendorf, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 4357.

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

  • Allen Ballard

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Wesley Brinkley crew until Brinkley's death in Dec 1943. Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. He completed approx. 20 missions. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31758. Landed in Switzerland, Interned (INT). AM 3OLC,

  • Thomas Cliney

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned

  • Albert Gentile

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned

  • William Leiser

    Military | Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned

  • John Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to Wesley Brinkley until Brinkley's death in 1943. ...

  • Farris Rashid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned

  • Robert Rosenthal

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 100th Bomb Group
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  • Bill Rutherford

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned

  • Arnold Springer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned

  • John Stolz

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Result unknown. He completed 22 missions November 1943 to April 1944, but was shot down on his 23rd. AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC,

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2021 22:05:42 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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