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Oran Russell Highley


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 VIIA, Moosberg. Liberated 29 April 1945. Discharged 26 Jan 1946.



Units served with

  • 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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29744 Battling Bee

    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...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Oklahoma
Prisoner of War (POW) North Sea 15 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 00:14:34 kduggin Changes to biography

macr 15512

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17 March 2015 02:09:17 kduggin Changes to biography


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17 March 2015 02:05:25 kduggin Changes to mission associations

306th mission reports

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17 March 2015 02:01:00 kduggin Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank and awards


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27 September 2014 18:20:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15512 / MACR 15512, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey, p. 122, First Over Germany by Russell Strong, pp. 115, NARA POW database / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database