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42-5766

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 31/12/42; Salina 8/1/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Morrison 10/4/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-G] Thurleigh 2/6/43. Missing in Action Kiel 29 July 1943 with Berryman H. Brown, Co-pilot: Evald W. Benson, Navigator: Edgar P.Fergon, Bombardier: George J. Beyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Charles A. Sheffield, Radio Operator: Joseph J. Thompson, Left Waist gunner: Charles H. Clark,Tail gunner: Charles M. Roberts (8 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Harry W. Lofgren, Waist gunner: Eric G. Newhouse (2 Killed in Action). Enemy aircraft KO’d two engines, plane crashed Kiesby, near Suderbrarup, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 120.

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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Evald Benson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Evald Benson reported to the ETO on 4 April 1943. He flew as Co-Pilot on the Thomas Ledgerwood crew, but was flying with Berryman Brown when shot down. He completed 5 missions before being shot down on the 29 July 1943 Kiel mission in B-17 #42-5766....

  • George Beyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Berryman Brown

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edgar Fergon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Lofgren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eric Newhouse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Sheffield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Post war he was a foreman for Hermitage Mills until his retirement. He died 31 May 1999 in Camden SC.

  • Joseph Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was taken from gunnery school at Ft. Myers, FL halfway through the course and went to Scotland on a ferried B-17. He arrived at the 306th as a Sergeant. On 08 June 1943. He was assigned to Capt. Fuhrmeister crew. Flew first mission on 09 June 1943....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

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 29 July 1943

Crashed near Kiesby, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2019 09:25:22 ED-BB Changes to markings
Sources

Added A/C letters

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2019 09:15:31 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

Completed names of crew; correction to Benson's first name; connection to mission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 120 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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