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42-40006

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-H] Thurleigh 18/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Chas Smith, Co-pilot: Merle Brown, Navigator: Stan Buck, Bombardier: Herman Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Heuser, Radio Operator: Vic Marcotte, Ball turret gunner: Tom Stillson, Waist gunner: Joe Paul, Waist gunner: Don Courson,Tail gunner: R.B. Trumble (10INT); flak KO’d two engines, & set on fire by crew after crash landing Hemse, on Gotland Island, Sweden; eventually some parts were used as spares for others; Missing Air Crew Report 2735. LIBERTY LADY.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Herman Allen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

  • Merle Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

  • Stanley Buck

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

  • Donald Courson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned. Courson and radio operator T/Sergeant Victor R. Marcotte were taken...

  • Carl Heuser

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

  • Victor Marcotte

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

  • Joseph Paul

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

  • Charles Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned. He returned to England in fall of 1944 and flew 12 more missions to...

  • Charles Stevenson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 on mission to Halberstadt, Gr on 11 Jan 1944.

  • Thomas Stillson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flak knocked out two engines of B-17G #42-40006 'Liberty Lady' over the target of Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and the crew headed toward Sweden and landed on the island of Gotland. Interned.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 13:18:06 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Marchese; FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945, camouflage finish changeover points.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 13:39:21 PatDiGeorge Changes to nicknames
Sources

from the wartime journals of Herman Allen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2735 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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