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Wayne Franklin Kleinertz

Military

Service

People

  • Marcus Dieterle

    Military | Colonel | Copilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • William Dueitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 ball turret gunner. | 34th Bomb Group

  • John Feda

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    AM 4Oak Leaf Cluster; ET; ADM; WWIIVM

  • John Ferard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • Robert Ham

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Flew 23 combat missions.

  • Donald Navarre

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio operator / Top turret gunner | 34th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37864 Penny Jive

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30 May 1944; Long Beach 12 June 1944; Kearney 13 July 1944; Dow Field 3 August 1944; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 4 August 1944. Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 7 April 1945 mission. Returned to the USA...

  • 43-38286 Flying Dutchman

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 6/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG [R2-T] Mendlesham 16/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38367 Gotta Haver

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/7/44; Kearney 5/8/44; Grenier 15/8/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 16/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38416 No Gum Chum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/7/44; Lincoln 11/8/44; Grenier 21/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 23/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Bu Sth Plains 2/7/45; 237 BU Kirtland 18/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38991 Gallipolis Special, Sweet Seventeen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 30/10/44; Dow Fd 12/11/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 19/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; Greenville 27/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-39179 Shaky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 23/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 7/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. ASPHODEL...

  • 44-6296 Dangerous Damsel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Dow Fd 14/7/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 16/7/44; crash landed base with Havener 6/4/45; Salvaged 8/4/45.

  • 44-6822 Blind Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/11/44; Dow Fd 3/12/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-N] Snetterton 12/12/44; transferred 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 13/12/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 22/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 44-8320 Bottoms Up

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/8/44; Long Beach 13/8/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 30/8/44; struck 43-39056 in taxi accident at Horsching, Austria with John Hopper 20/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46. BOTTOMS UP.

Missions

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 863

    4 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 883

    12 March 1945
    Heavies Hit Near Rhine, Along Baltic ...

  • 894

    18 March 1945

  • 897

    19 March 1945

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 8th Air Force 901

    21 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 906

    22 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 908

    23 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2020 19:29:17 Scott 34th7th Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Personal records of John Angus Ferard.

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