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Thomas D Ledgerwood

Military

Thomas Ledgerwood was Pilot of B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie' when it was shot down on return from the Bremen mission on 8 October 1943. Prisoner of War (POW). Thomas Ledgerwood stayed in the Air Force after the war. Serving in Korea, he ended his military career as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF on 28 February 1966.

Service

People

  • John Acker

    Military | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Clyde Cosper crew. Reported to group on 11 Sept 1943. He was shot down on his first mission. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie'. POW at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011...

  • 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....

  • Harvey Cooke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Fila

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul George

    Military | Major | Assistant Group Engineer Officer; Squadron Executive | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Captain Paul George was flying as an observer on B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie' when it was shot down on the Bremen mission, 8 October 1943. He was the first to jump out of the plane. Prisoner of War (POW). His nickname in camp was 'Pap's' as he...

  • Eugene Levy

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Myron Sorden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11). He was shot down on his first mission. He was...

  • John Spell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Van Dragt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Robert G. Van Dragt was Radio Operator and flew his first mission on 15 August 1943 with pilot Ferdinand Otten, the pilot he flew most of his missions with. He was on B-17 #42-29985 with the Ledgerwood crew when it was shot down over Germany on the...

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 42-29985 KATHLEEN aka BARREL HOUSE BESSIE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Cheyenne 31/3/43; Smoky Hill 5/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; with Rich Jerger force landed Meeks Fd, Iceland 17/4/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-Y] Grafton Underwood 28/6/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-X] Thurleigh 22/8/43. Missing in...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1 September 1920

in Wetumka, Hughes County, Oklahoma, the son of James L. and Minnie B. Ledgerwood

Lived in 1940

Wetumka, Hughes County, Oklahoma

Enlisted 17 December 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps at Camp Berkeley, Texas

Bailed out 8 October 1943

of B-17 42-29985 over Germany

captured 8 October 1943

after landing in parachute, in the area of Handrup / Lingen, Germany

Prisoner of War (POW) 8 October 1943 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Germany where liberated on 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military Control 12 June 1945."

Buried 2003

Thomas Ledgerwood rests at the Wetumka Cemetery, Wetumka, Hughes County, Oklahoma

Died 28 May 2003

Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2019 10:39:51 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 868
US CENSUS 1930
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
VETERANS' BIRLS files

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 868 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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