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Joseph J Thompson


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. When Fuhrmeister found out he was never trained he was taken from the crew and sent to radio school on the base; this was after 7 missions. Then he flew with all different crews until being shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766 flying with B. H. Brown. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15.




  • 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....

Units served with

  • 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,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 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:...

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 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 July 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:22 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 120, First Over Germany pg. 146 & 148 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 120 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database