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Marc F Pitts

Military

in one month Marc flew six combat missions, his final mission he was killed when his aircraft took 3 direct hits from flak, which took out the control cables and put a hole in the tail.
13 May 43: Meaulte, France in aircraft #42-5180 "DFC"
15 May 43: Heligoland in aircraft #42-5218 "Sky Wolf"
19 May 43: Kiel, Germany in aircraft #42-5218 "Sky Wolf"
29 May 43: St. Nazaire, France in aircraft #42-29524 "Meat Hound"
11 June 43: Wilhelmshaven, Germany in aircraft #42-5218 "Sky Wolf"
13 June 43: Bremen, Germany in aircraft #42-5218 "Sky Wolf"

Service

Units served with

  • 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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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),...

  • 42-5180 DFC

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5/10/42; Houlton 13/11/42; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-B] Thurleigh 24/11/42; Missing in Action Bremen 25/6/43 with Tom Logan, Co-pilot: Mo Davis, Navigator: Gene Dornbrook, Bombardier: Don Cox, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Selden...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

Events

Event Location Date
Died Bremen, Germany 13 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2017 00:32:02 BobPitts Changes to awards
Sources

Www.306thbd.com

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 23:52:36 BobPitts Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

www.306thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 23:13:17 BobPitts Changes to biography
Sources

from www.306thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 18:06:45 BobPitts Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

American Air Museum

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 17:51:42 BobPitts Changes to service number
Sources

https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/delaware....

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 17:16:45 BobPitts Changes to nickname
Sources

Marc's brother LtCol Bruno F. Pitts told me Marco was uncle Marc's nickname.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor

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