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Roy T Fries

Military

Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17F #42-29744. Served in Tail Gunner position. Plane crashed into North Sea between Neuwerk Island and Cuxhaven, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). Remains not recovered. Memorialized on the "Tablets of the Missing" at Margraten, the Netherlands American Cemetery.

Air Medal, Purple Heart

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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 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...

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fresno, CA, USA
Died Neuwerk, Germany 15 May 1943

Remains not recovered.

Memorialized 6269 Margraten, Netherlands

"Tablets of the Missing"

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 20:38:17 kduggin Changes to events
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macr15512

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22 May 2015 20:32:40 kduggin Changes to events
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MACR15512

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22 May 2015 20:29:13 kduggin Changes to awards
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macr15512

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22 May 2015 20:27:15 kduggin Changes to mission associations
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macr15512

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22 May 2015 20:26:02 kduggin Changes to biography and events
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MACR 15512

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22 May 2015 20:19:48 kduggin Changes to biography and events
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MACR 15512

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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. 115-6, NARA / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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