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Rene Charles Fix

Military

Assigned to 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, Lt Fix successfully ditched B-17 42-31363 in the Bay of Biscay, saving all crewmembers. A German seaplane picked up aircrew. Lt Fix was a Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1, Barth Germany until 13 May 1945.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Eugene Engberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner/Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    3 1/2 missions. Shot down 27 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31363. Ditched, Atlantic Ocean off Brest Peninsula. Recovered by German amphibious aircraft. Transfered to hospital, Dulag Luft (Frankfurt. ) Stalag XVIIB. Forced march latter weeks of European...

  • Weldon Frantz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). Completed 4 missions. POW

  • Charles Hill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11. POW

  • Peter Kenny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12. POW

  • Wade McRary

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. ...

  • Alvin Naumann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G 42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. Flew 5 missions.

  • Frank Pfeifer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12. POW

  • Rudolph Phillips

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. POW

  • David Stoddard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After being hit by flak on a mission to St. Jean d'Angely airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31363 was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. POW

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31363 Vapor Trail

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/43; Gr Island 7/11/43; Nashville 13/11/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-G] Thurleigh 19/12/43; Missing in Action Tours 27/3/44 with Pilot: Rene Fix, Co-Pilot: Weldon Franz, Navigator: Pete Kenny, Bombardier: Chas Hill, Flight...

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Strasbourg 26 January 1920

Son of Ferdinand Fix.

Based Thurleigh 1944 – 27 March 1944

Assigned to 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 27 March 1944 – 13 May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died 8 September 2013

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 19:31:43 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/696617632
https://www.fold3.com/record/640420742/rene-c-fix-social-security-death-...

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2020 23:13:04 randyfix2 Changes to media associations
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Randy Fix

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17 November 2020 22:25:37 randyfix2 Changes to media associations
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Randy Fix

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17 November 2020 17:53:46 randyfix2 Changes to media associations
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Randy Fix

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17 November 2020 17:42:39 randyfix2 Changes to media associations
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Randy Fix

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17 November 2020 04:36:13 randyfix2 Changes to media associations
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Randy Fix

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17 November 2020 04:29:01 randyfix2 Changes to place associations
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Randy Fix

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2020 21:18:27 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 15:10:34 randyfix2 Changes to media associations
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Son

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 14:45:56 randyfix2 Changes to events
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Son

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 14:35:11 randyfix2 Changes to biography
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Son

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 14:15:45 randyfix2 Changes to middlename
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Son

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 14:10:57 randyfix2 Changes to highest rank and events
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Son of Rene C. Fix

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2015 14:12:21 A. van Erp Changes to service number and highest rank
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http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&tf=F&q=fix%2...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3479 / MACR 3479, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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