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Charles A Sheffield


Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW).

Post war he was a foreman for Hermitage Mills until his retirement. He died 31 May 1999 in Camden SC.



  • 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....

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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



    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Tulsa 23/9/42; Wayne 2/11/42; West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Assigned to the 367BS/306BG [GY-Y] Thurleigh SCARLET 2/2/43; then 368BS; taxi accident with Dick O’Hara 20/4/43; transferred 544th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [SU-A] Grafton...

  • 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 Camden, South Carolina, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 July 1943


Date Contributor Update
16 January 2021 11:06:44 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes July '99

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 15:36:13 ssma43 Changes to aircraft associations

306th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:26 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 120 / 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