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Eddie J Heintz


Joined 368th squadron July 7, 1943. Flew on the 1st bombing mission over Berlin. Flew on 35 combat missions. Flew on a raid that lost 60 B-17s. Primary A/C was 'Eager Beaver'. Another was 'Big Noise from Winnetka'.

DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster


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

    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


  • 41-24487 'Eager Beaver'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-Q] Westover 25/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; AFSC 1/5/44; was longest serving B-17F in 8th BC; Returned to the USA Tinker 28/7/44; to Williamsport Technical Institute, Patterson Fd, Penn.; 20/6/45 for aeronautical programme, the...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Calamet City, Illinois 17 June 1920
Died 3 February 1998
Buried Northbrook, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2021 19:18:43 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 18:44:15 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / nephew Darryl J. Heintz, R. Strong record cards